Ohio Firefighter Accepts Settlement in $1.7 Million Harassment Case

An Orange Township, Ohio firefighter who was awarded more than $1.7 million by a jury earlier this year for sexual harassment and discrimination, has agreed to settle her suit for $875,000.

Raechel Sterud, 32, accused the Orange Township Fire Department and her officer, Lieutenant Keith Myers, with harassment and discrimination that resulted in her termination in January, 2008. A jury found in her favor awarding the $1.7 million in damages and ordering Lt. Meyers to pay $75,000 it personally.

The announced settlement will end the case, including Lt. Meyer’s portion. Sterud (now Raechel Peters) will also get her job back.

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About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 40 years of fire service experience and 30 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.

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