Bloomfield city manager settles lawsuit

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BLOOMFIELD, N.M. (AP) – A lawsuit filed in 2012 accusing Bloomfield’s city manager of sexual harassment has been settled.

The Daily Times reports that City Manager David Fuqua and the city of Bloomfield settled the suit for $200,000 earlier this week.

Julie Baird and Julie Rasor, two former city employees, filed the litigation in U.S. District Court back in November 2012.

The women’s complaints included sexual discrimination and harassment, wrongful termination and retaliation.

Fuqua says all the charges against him were dropped but the insurance company chose to settle.

He says he regrets Bloomfield residents had to suffer through the whole process.

J. Edward Hollington, an attorney for the plaintiffs, says his clients are pleased with the resolution.

Fuqua is the subject of another sexual harassment lawsuit that was filed last year.

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