On Monday, November 9, 2020, the city of Beaufort, North Carolina, reached a $70,000 settlement in a sexual harassment case.
The initial complaint in the case was filed in March 2019, according to the Carteret County News-Times. Meredith Bailey, a former employee of the city, claims that Mark Eakes, her direct supervisor at the time, had sexually harassed her on multiple occasions.
Bailey’s complaint was directed toward the town of Beaufort and Mr. Eakes, as well as Finance Director Christi Wood. Bailey alleges that she was terminated by Ms. Wood after reporting the harassment. Both Mr. Eakes and Ms. Wood still work for the town of Beaufort.
The town of Beaufort will pay $70,000 between Ms. Bailey and her attorney. Since the lawsuit claims that the Civil Rights Act was violated, the lawsuit was transferred to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Once this settlement is complete, this litigation will be dropped.