Police Officer Reaches Six-Figure Settlement With Eaton Rapids Over Sexual Harassment

EATON RAPIDS, MI — An Eaton Rapids police officer has agreed to dismiss all sexual harassment claims against the department in exchange for a hefty payout.

The officer, Lisa Kirby, said in an October 2017 federal lawsuit that another officer had sexually harassed her. 

Kirby and the city settled the lawsuit in January and all claims against the city were dismissed, Eaton Rapids City Manager Aaron Desentz said.

Kirby was paid $100,000 with the settlement, and was placed on paid administrative leave for two years starting Oct. 31, 2018, according to the settlement agreement. She’ll be paid $60,000 per year, with full benefits. 

She agreed to voluntarily resign on Oct. 31, 2020. 

Police Chief Larry Weeks referred all questions to Desentz. Desentz declined further comment. 

In 2007, Kirby filed a lawsuit under similar circumstances with a different department, court records show. The suit alleged Kirby was subjected to “sexually derogatory comments” while working as a deputy at the Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Department from 1996 to 2006. 

When she complained, the “discriminatory practices escalated,” according to the lawsuit, and she was then terminated. A jury ruled she had faced discrimination and retaliation and awarded her $65,000 in back pay.  

From The Lansing State Journal