A lawsuit filed in 2011 by a former Oakland Raiderette-turned-Vacaville-police-officer alleging gender-based harassment and other grievances against the department has been settled out of court, officials confirmed Wednesday.
Initially seeking $1.5 million in general, special and punitive damages, along with attorney fees, Nicole E. Rosenstiel, 37, settled with the city of Vacaville and members of the police department for $40,000 in December, said Mark Mazzaferro, Vacaville public information officer.
The city of Vacaville, Police Chief Richard Word, retired Lt. Craig Courtemanche and 25 others had been named as defendants in the suit filed by Rosenstiel, who was hired by the department in 2004. She alleged that from February 2005 through September 2006, she had been subject to a hostile work environment, sexual harassment and, later, retaliation because of her claims.
The settlement ultimately came as a result of mediation, which Assistant City Attorney Shana Faber explained occurs when the involved parties agree to meet with a neutral third party on a non-binding, informal basis to see if there are grounds for a settlement.