WSU settles over ‘offensive language’

WSU settles over ‘offensive language’
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Last year, Washington State University signed a $31,000 settlement with a former athletics administrator after he used what a university spokesman called “inappropriate and offensive language.”

According to the settlement documents, which were obtained by a public record request of all settlements signed by the university regarding sexual harassment or assault, John E. Lucier, former associate athletic director, agreed to never apply or accept a position at WSU again.

Specific allegations were not outlined in the settlement, and WSU spokesman Phil Weiler said the complaints had to do with “words, not deeds.”

“My understanding is that the complaints in this case had to do with inappropriate and offensive language used in the workplace,” Weiler wrote in an email.

He said to his knowledge, this was not a case of sexual assault, and the university is not at liberty to discuss the details of the situation and the settlement.

The agreement, which was signed by Provost Dan Bernardo, Former Athletic Director Bill Moos, Attorney for WSU Danielle Hess and Lucier, resolved “all matters arising from [Lucier’s] entire relationship, employment or otherwise, with WSU.”

The university agreed to accept Lucier’s resignation, effective April 7, 2017, according to the settlement. They agreed to pay him $31,529 for purchasing his contractual notice as well as agreeing to the terms laid out in the settlement. Lucier was also eligible to receive whatever annual leave he had accrued during his employment and WSU agreed to not contest any claim he made for unemployment.

According to the settlement, both WSU and Lucier agreed the document was not an acknowledgment of wrongdoing.

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