ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The city is paying $150,000 to an Albuquerque Police Department lieutenant to compensate her for the sexual harassment she suffered as the only woman on a special unit more than a decade ago, concluding her lawsuit against the city.
Terysa Welch, now with the department’s aviation division, filed her sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuit in 2011.
Although most of her claims against individuals were dismissed, her two claims against the city went before a federal jury in May.
The jurors ultimately agreed that Welch had been harassed and discriminated against, but they couldn’t decide if that treatment was targeting her as a woman or targeting her because she strictly followed rules.
The jury deadlocked after three days of deliberation.
On Wednesday, the city and Welch reached a settlement agreement, according to federal court records.
“It demonstrates Terysa’s getting compensated for the damage she suffered as a result of the city’s actions, and that was the ultimate goal,” said her attorney, Ryan Villa.