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Settlement in Cheektowaga workplace lawsuit


A Town of Cheektowaga employee who accused colleagues of on-the-job harassment has dropped her lawsuit and will be transferred to a different department, the town attorney said Tuesday.

Last week in U.S. District Court, a stipulation of discontinuance was filed in the case of Lisa M. Sprada, an employee of the Sewer Maintenance Department, who alleged that male co-workers subjected her to lewd comments and displays of sexual behavior.

Sprada had filed a federal lawsuit last fall, claiming discrimination and retaliation in violation of the Civil Rights Act. She had sought unspecified monetary damages to be determined at trial.

Terms of the settlement are confidential, said James D. Donathen, an attorney who handled the case for the town.

According to a court document, the lawsuit was discontinued, with prejudice and on the merits. “That means she can’t bring it again,” Town Attorney Kevin G. Schenk explained Tuesday.

Further, neither side had to pay the other’s costs or attorney’s fees.

Lindy Korn, Sprada’s attorney, didn’t respond to two phone messages seeking comment. Tuesday, a woman who answered the phone at the law office said there would be no comment.

Sprada previously filed a complaint with the state Division of Human Rights, which ruled against her.

Hired as a clerk typist for the Sewer Maintenance Department in May 2010, Sprada complained that the harassment occurred almost daily after she transferred to a higher-paying job of sewer maintenance worker in August 2011. She was promoted to senior sewer maintenance worker in February 2013.

“She will be placed in a different job outside of the Sewer Department,” Schenk said. “She just didn’t want to go back there.”

A possibility is a lower-paying clerk’s job in the Records Department, he said.

According to payroll records, Sprada’s gross salary last year was $61,858.60, which included almost $7,000 in overtime.