Gail Wilcox will get $180,000 to settle sexual harassment lawsuit

County supervisors have agreed to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit that former Assistant County Administrator Gail Wilcox brought against the county for $180,000.

In an announcement tonight outlining the settlement, County Counsel Warren Jensen says terms call for Wilcox to release all claims against the county. “The amount of the settlement covers all claims including her costs and attorneys fees,” Jensen says in the press release.

The announcement does not explicitly say whether Wilcox has agreed to the terms.

But Jensen points out that the settlement would be a prudent outcome. He notes that defending the county by going to trial would potentially cost more than $1 million. To date, the county has spent $337,000 on the Wilcox case, he said.

Wilcox filed her suit last June against county supervisors and her fired former boss, David Edge, claiming she was a victim of sexual harassment, retaliation, discrimination, a hostile work environment and breach of contract.

Wilcox and Edge were placed on paid administrative, then the supervisors fired Edge, citing differences in management style, and hired an out-of-town attorney to investigate Wilcox. Following that investigation, the board fired Wilcox.