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Updated: 11/13/2013 08:00:06AM

County settles Skidmore sexual harassment suit

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MURDOCK — In a narrow 3-2 vote marked by the absence of any discussion, Charlotte County commissioners Tuesday agreed to pay out $115,000 to settle its portion of a sexual harassment suit against former commissioner Robert Skidmore.

The lawsuit, filed in August 2012 by former county code enforcement officer Shonna Jenkins, alleges the commissioner created a hostile work environment by repeatedly harassing her with sexual innuendo, overt sexual comments and propositions. The suit also claims county officials failed to act on Jenkins’ complaints to the county Human Resources Department.

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