Saturday, March 9, 2013

KLEW: Sexual Harassment, Discrimination Alleged Against Nez Perce County

Posted By on Sat, Mar 9, 2013 at 11:00 AM

A $500,000 tort claim has been filed against Nez Perce County in north-central Idaho alleging sexual harassment, discrimination and coverups.

The county has 90 days to respond to the tort claim.

Lewiston's KLEW-TV reports that Joan Way, who is employed in the Nez Perce County Prosecutor's Office, claims she was unlawfully demoted from her position as victim advocate. The prosecutor's office says Way's position had changed.

"The city took their case loads back to prosecute misdemeanor domestic violence cases themselves, something the county had been doing for a while," Nez Perce County Commissioner Doug Havens told KLEW-TV. "When we lost that case load, job status was changed on a specific position."

Way additionally claimed that she experienced "ongoing sexual harassment in the workplace by Prosecuting
Attorney Dan Spickler."

Spickler came under fire in October 2012, when he was slapped with a sexual harassment grievance for using an inappropriate photograph in what he called a "team building exercise."

The photo depicts a young woman, braless, wearing a cropped T-shirt with the following written across her chest: "I Wish These Were Brains."

But Spickler said the grievance is politically motivated.

"Obviously, the way this is now being put out is for political purposes," Spickler told the Lewiston Tribune. "I didn't refer to the picture at all except that it was up on the screen."

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