On Monday, the Whitehall Township Commission took the first step toward settling the harassment allegations against Mayor Michael Halakal Jr.
At Monday’s workshop meeting, Chairman Joseph J. Marks, Jr. read a resolution “authorizing and directing the Mayor and Whitehall Township to settle claims under Title XVII of the Civil Rights Act.” rice field. Marx opened it to discussion from the floor. About a dozen people attended.
Board vice president Philip Ginder began asking questions, but township attorney Jack Gross said the matter was “still being actively litigated.” I have withdrawn the question.
The Commissioners then met in an executive session after the meeting.
Former human resources officer Ashley Nishan and two other women, through interviews with Wake Up Call and complaints filed with the Pennsylvania Human Resources Commission, allege that halakal invaded personal spaces or touched them without permission. , accused them of inappropriate behavior, such as asking inappropriate personal questions. making sexually explicit comments about her or taking her female employees for a drive in her car to an isolated location.
The Township has not commented on the details or terms of the potential settlement. What, if any, changes the Township made in response to the complaint. Or if there are additional allegations from last year.
Marx said the township conducted sexual harassment training after an investigation into Harakal’s alleged behavior, but declined to comment further until an agreement was finalized.
The Commissioners’ next regular meeting is December 12 at 7:00 pm, at which time the Board may take action on the settlement.
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