Ex-Louisiana official doesn't admit guilt in suit settlement
BATON ROUGE (AP) - The legal settlement ending a sexual harassment lawsuit against Louisiana's former secretary of state includes no admission of guilt and a gag clause to keep those involved from talking about it.
Tom Schedler and the female former employee who accused him of harassment agreed to terms in August that involved a $167,500 payment to the woman and no acknowledgment of liability from Schedler.
All participants in negotiations are barred from talking to the media about the settlement.
The Division of Administration, a state agency involved in resolving the legal claims, provided settlement documents Wednesday to The Associated Press after releasing payment figures last week.
Louisiana taxpayers are paying $149,075 to end the litigation, while Schedler is paying $18,425.
Schedler, a Republican, resigned as Louisiana's chief elections official in May.