PUNTA GORDA — The city of Punta Gorda has reached a severance agreement for over $100,000 with a former female police officer, settling a gender discrimination claim and avoiding a potential lawsuit.
A discrimination charge was filed by former officer Bonnie Sills Buckelew with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The agreement — signed by Philip Wickstrom, the city’s Human Resource Manager on Jan. 31, and City Manager Howard Kunik a day later — settles the claim for $102,500.
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