Vancouvers spending on outside lawyers settlements with employees tops 600K

first_imgIn three years, the city of Vancouver has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on attorney fees investigating — and in some cases, settling — discrimination and harassment lawsuits filed against it by city employees.Now, the city is facing additional complaints by two city employees who say they were victims of gender discrimination and retaliation, among other claims.The first was filed in November 2017 by Assistant City Attorney Debra Quinn. The second complaint was filed earlier this month by Vancouver police Officer Julie Ballou.For both cases, and others like them, the city has hired outside attorneys to investigate the claims and either negotiate a settlement or move forward with a trial.Between 2015 and 2017, the city used outside attorneys for at least nine complaints, based on records provided to The Columbian under the state public records act.last_img read more