California Lawyer Bags $500,000 Fee to Stop Suing City

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The City of Concord, just outside San Francisco, has agreed to an unusual settlement in a former cop’s sexual harassment lawsuit.  Lisa Capocci sued the city alleging that a male officer sent her messages on her police car’s computer, declaring “I love you” and other “unwelcome and offensive” messages.

The lawsuit claimed that Capocci “suffered severe and continuous gender-based harassment in the course of her employment with the City of Concord.”  She joined the force in 2006 and was subsequently trained to be a K-9 officer in 2008. She claims that after she reported the unwelcome messages on her computer, she was told by some male officers that her career was over. In early 2009, her dog was taken away from her after it performed an “unauthorized practice bite.” Capocci has since left the department.

Capocci’s lawyer, Stan Casper, filed the lawsuit in July 2009. The case was about to go to trial this week before the city decided to settle. Under the settlement, Capocci will receive $250,000 and her lawyer will get $500,000 after he agreed to never file a lawsuit against the city’s police department. Casper still has two sexual harassment cases pending against the city involving former police officers.

In 1999, Casper represented eight current and former female police officers in a sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuit against the city and settled out of court on the matter for $1.25 million.

San Francisco Chronicle

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