- Associated Press - Thursday, August 11, 2016

LYNDEN, Wash. (AP) - An internal investigation says the Lynden city administrator didn’t discriminate against three former female employees.

The Bellingham Herald reports (https://goo.gl/D8Jxoy ) in June former employees Amy Harksell, Linda Peterson and Teresa Camfield filed a complaint against the city, Mayor Scott Korthuis and Mike Martin.

The city hired Seattle attorney Barbara Kastama who investigated allegations that Martin treated three of them less favorably than male and younger employees and subjected them to harassment, and an allegation by Harksell that Martin and Korthuis retaliated against her when she first complained of harassment.

The report says Kastama found no evidence that the allegations are true, writing “the facts do not substantiate” gender and age discrimination against the three women, or retaliation toward Harksell.

An attorney for the women dismissed the findings, saying the report will have no effect on her clients’ claims.

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Information from: The Bellingham Herald, https://www.bellinghamherald.com

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