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NY settles harassment suit with mortuary school

October 31, 2013
Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York Attorney General's Office has reported settling a lawsuit alleging sexual harassment of female students at the Simmons Institute of Funeral Services in Syracuse.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says the settlement with the for-profit school and chief executive Maurice Wightman includes $30,000 in restitution to students and employees who filed complaints about discrimination and harassment and school reforms meant to ensure a safe school environment.

According to Schneiderman's office, the Civil Rights Bureau investigation and lawsuit filed in 2011 followed complaints that school policy unnecessarily barred pregnant teachers and students from certain activities and alleging that Wightman, who was designated to receive complaints of harassment or discrimination, subjected students to unwanted comments and touching.

A call to Wightman was not immediately returned Wednesday.



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