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SANTA FE – Six correctional officers who worked at the state prison in Los Lunas have reached a $2.5 million settlement with the state to resolve allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination.
The current and former officers, all women, filed a civil rights complaint in 2015 describing a “sexualized, violent environment” in which male colleagues exposed themselves, shared graphic pictures and videos, made derogatory comments and inappropriately touched female officers. They said supervisors knew about it but failed to take appropriate action, according to the lawsuit.
The state Corrections Department, in turn, denied the allegations and said the settlement was made to avoid the cost of continued litigation.