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City Of Reno Settles Sex Harassment Lawsuit For $300,000

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Reno City Council has approved a $300,000 settlement with for two former city employees who filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against the city.

The lawsuit filed in 2017 said former City Manager Andrew Clinger created a hostile work environment.

His former assistant, Maureen McKissick, said she suffered reprisals after she accused Clinger of having an inappropriate relationship with another female manager. Ex-city communications director Deanna Gescheider said Clinger rubbed her thigh during a management meeting and wanted her to destroy suggestive messages he sent her.

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The Reno Gazette-Journal reports council members took less than 90 seconds Monday to approve the settlement without comment.

Clinger has maintained his innocence.

The council terminated him in 2016 with a $228,000 severance package. He is now the chief financial officer for the Nevada System of Higher Education.