The Los Angeles City Council today approved a $130,000 settlement in a sexual harassment complaint against departing Animal Services Director Ed Boks.
The lawsuit, filed by animal activist Mary Cummins-Cobb in 2007, alleged Boks engaged in "inappropriate and unprofessional conduct" including trying to hug and kiss her, calling her frequently and using vulgar comments with her.
Cummins-Cobb had been working with Boks to develop the Animal Services Web site, but she said had to leave because of the way she was being treated. After leaving the post, Cummins-Cobb alleged in her lawsuit that she lost other jobs because of Boks.
Boks resigned last month in the face of pressure from officials, with complaints over his decision-making and operation of the department. His resignation takes effect on June 30.