January 20, 2010

City of San Leandro Pays Out $405,000 to Settle Four Lawsuits

During the San Leandro City Council meeting on January 19, 2010, San Leandro Assistant City Attorney Richard Pio Roda announced that four lawsuits had been settled for a total for $405,000. The lawsuits were filed by Christina Tiletile, Taiwo Pena-Hornung, Kamilah Jackson, all former San Leandro police officers, and Amanda Kerr, a former records clerk.

The lawsuits, originally filed in August 2009, alleged that the plaintiffs faced discrimination and harassment because they were women. San Leandro police officer DeWayne Stancill was specifically named as a defendant in the lawsuits as well. Stancill is also the biological father of Dwayne M. Stancill, who was accused in the murder of San Leandro High School student Greg Ballard, Jr. in 2007.

The statement read by the Assistant City Attorney included the following:

"As part of the settlement, the parties agree that the City and Kamilah Jackson, Amanda Kerr, Taiwo Pena-Hornung and Christina Tiletile settle the lawsuits brought against the City of San Leandro, J. DeWayne Stancill and other named defendants. The parties emphasize there were unfortunate misunderstandings that may have led to ill-considered allegations that they now regret, and for which they apologize."

Three other lawsuits filed by San Leandro police officers Ann O'Callaghan, Cathy Pickard, and Deborah Trujillo have not yet been settled. In addition, San Leandro police officer DeWayne Stancill, who was accused of calling one of the women "babe" or "baby" and making comments about the womens' breasts, has filed a lawsuit against the City of San Leandro. The cases were previously discussed at the City Council's December 7, 2009, meeting.

The complete report from closed session follows:

Assistant City Attorney Richard Pio Roda reported that in the closed session held earlier this evening, the City Council, by a vote of 5-0 (Councilmember Souza and Mayor Santos absent) disposed by settlement agreement the following claims:

Christina Tiletile v. City of San Leandro, et al., sexual harassment, gender discrimination and retaliation claims, in the amount of $295,000

Taiwo Pena-Hornung v. City of San Leandro, et al., sexual harassment, gender discrimination and retaliation claims, in the amount of $50,000

Kamilah Jackson v. City of San Leandro, et al., sexual harassment, gender discrimination and retaliation claims, in the amount of $25,000

Amanda Kerr v. City of San Leandro, et al., sexual harassment, gender discrimination, retaliation, Bane Act and false imprisonment claims, in the amount of $35,000

As part of the settlement, the parties agree that the City and Kamilah Jackson, Amanda Kerr, Taiwo Pena-Hornung and Christina Tiletile settle the lawsuits brought against the City of San Leandro, J. DeWayne Stancill and other named defendants. The parties emphasize there were unfortunate misunderstandings that may have led to ill-considered allegations that they now regret, and for which they apologize.

Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at January 20, 2010 4:53 PM | TrackBack
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