Baldwin Park Appeals Sexual Harassment Settlement, Forcing Residents to Pay - Shegerian Law

LOS ANGELES, July 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Lilli Hadsell, the first and only female Chief of Police for the City of Baldwin Park, was awarded over $7 million in damages in her gender discrimination, harassment and retaliation lawsuit against the City in March 2019.

After the unanimous verdict, the City of Baldwin Park quickly issued a statement to the public, claiming that it would utilize its insurance pool money to pay the award, after already paying the $300,000 deductible as specified by the pool program.

As of June 28, 2019, however, the City appears to have shifted its stance on paying the award by filing a notice of appeal of the jury verdict, effectively ending any such prospect to pay the award for the time being.

Carney Shegerian, a sexual discrimination lawyer and the founder of Los Angeles-based employee rights law firm Shegerian & Associates, and counsel for Hadsell along with the Dordick Law Corporation, weighed in on the significance of such a shift by the City and the ramifications of delaying payment.

“It is incredibly disappointing that the City of Baldwin Park has gone back on its statement to pay the settlement due to Lilli Hadsell,” Shegerian says. “Not only does the appeal place Hadsell in a terrible position, who has waited over five years for vindication of her rights, but it comes at significant costs to Baldwin Park’s residents as well.”

“The delay caused by the appeal, which often takes at least two years, will cost the City and its residents an additional seven percent per year of interest on top of the outstanding award,” Shegerian adds, “along with a larger award of costs and attorneys’ fees that alone will add up in the millions.”

“We do not understand why the City of Baldwin Park has decided to go back on their promise to pay the award,” Shegerian questions. “Enough is enough for Ms. Hadsell and the residents of the City.”

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