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March 13, 2019

J.C. Pleban recovers $500,000.00 for a client after filing an EEOC complaint

stltoday.com

St. Charles County officials have agreed to pay $500,000 to settle claims filed by a longtime police officer, according to legal documents obtained Wednesday by the Post-Dispatch.

The settlement, signed last month, says Stephanie Fisk filed a discrimination charge with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on April 4 and a second complaint Dec. 7 “as a result of claimed physical injuries obtained on several occasions while on the job.”

Those complaints are not public, an EEOC lawyer told the Post-Dispatch, and there’s no explanation of what the settlement was related to.

An assistant county counselor refused to release any details on the complaints Fisk filed with the county prior to the settlement, saying those records were closed under Missouri’s “Sunshine” Act because they relate to legal actions and are employee records.

Fisk, her attorney and the county agreed to settle the case after mediation, the settlement says. As part of that agreement, Fisk agreed to resign, to withdraw her complaint and to release any future claims.

The settlement bars Fisk from discussing the settlement or the nature of her claims, other than to say those claims “were resolved to the mutual benefit of the parties.” Both sides are barred from discussing the facts of the case with the media or on social media.

Fisk’s attorney, J.C. Pleban, said just that Wednesday.

Neither side admitted fault, wrongdoing or liability.

Fisk had been a police officer for 17 years and 11 months when she resigned, the county said. She was featured in the Post-Dispatch and other media in 2015, while re-investigating the death of a young girl whose body was found in a suitcase in a lake near West Alton in 1968.

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