State settles sexual harassment lawsuit

lawsuitJACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A federal lawsuit against the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics that alleged female employees have been subjected to a pattern of sexual harassment and a sexually hostile work environment has been settled.

Department of Public Safety spokesman Warren Strain tells The Clarion-Ledger ( he didn’t know the full details of the process that led to the settlement.

MBN employee Mary Katherine Sullivan filed the federal lawsuit in September 2015 against MBN and deputy director Mike Perkins.

MBN spokeswoman Delores Lewis said in a statement the settlement terms are confidential.

Sullivan’s attorney, G. Morgan Holder of Gulfport, said Monday he couldn’t discuss the settlement under the terms of the agreement. He said Sullivan is no longer employed with MBN, but it’s unrelated to the settlement. Perkins is still the department’s deputy director.

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