Bristol paying $250,000 to settle sexual harassment suit against former mayor

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A settlement agreement has been approved by the Bristol City Council regarding a sexual harassment lawsuit involving a woman and a former mayor.

On Tuesday night, the city council voted unanimously to approve an agreement that awards $250,000 to Noelle Bates.

This comes in response to a summons and a complaint claiming “sexual harassment, retaliation and workplace harassment” that took place during former Mayor Ken Cockayne‘s administration.

Cockayne, former Personnel Director Diane Ferguson and former Corporation Counsel Edward Krawiecki Jr. were also named as defendants.

“While the City is bound to confidentiality for issues surrounding the disposition of the settlement and other underlying items like the Rose Report, I do feel that there should be transparency and accountability to the taxpayers, and I have authorized the signed settlement agreement to be released,” stated Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu.

The settlement and other legal costs will be paid by the city’s insurance carrier.

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