- Associated Press - Friday, January 31, 2014

BEND, Ore. (AP) - Deschutes County and District Attorney Patrick Flaherty have settled a lawsuit with a former employee who alleged she was wrongfully fired.

The Bend Bulletin newspaper reports (https://is.gd/jam4Fe ) that court documents filed more than two weeks ago indicate the parties have reached a deal, but they do not include details.

The attorney for plaintiff Sharon Sweet said he wouldn’t disclose the settlement amount because the documents have not been finalized.

Flaherty fired Sweet in October 2011, saying the investigator’s work was not “consistently above expectations” and she violated personnel rules by not disclosing her involvement in a romantic relationship with another investigator.

Sweet said the DA created a hostile work environment for employees who exercised their right to protected speech.

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Information from: The Bulletin, https://www.bendbulletin.com

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