Thursday, May 1, 2014

Tight Lipped: North Idaho Public Employees Told to Keep Quiet About Harassment Probe

Posted By on Thu, May 1, 2014 at 9:17 AM

Officials in North Idaho's Kootenai County have put the lid on an internal investigation into alleged sexual harassment, warning employees that they risk being fired if they talk about the case with anyone, including their relatives or an attorney.

This morning's Coeur d'Alene Press reports that the secretive investigation surrounds Kenneth Stone, a deputy prosecutor, who reportedly received $315,000 from the county's insurer to settle a lawsuit that he filed against the county, alleging that he had been wrongfully terminated. Stone said he was the victim of age discrimination and accused of sexual harassment.

"He is not a pervert," Kathlene Kolts, Stone's attorney, told the Press. "He is not anything close. He is a very, very nice man."

Stone was hired back by the county at his full salary and benefits, but the Press reports that Stone has not worked a day since the settlement was reached.

The Press reports that at least a half-dozen county employees signed a confidentiality agreement, forbidding them to discuss the investigation with anyone other than a third-party investigator hired by the county.

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