A Clallam County Superior Court jury awarded former Port Angeles Finance Director Yvonne Ziomkowski $1.5 million in damages and $113,471 in back wages in finding the city guilty of sex discrimination over her March 15, 2012 termination by then-City Manager Kent Myers.
The jury, which heard testimony beginning last week, took two hours before announcing a decision at 11:15 this morning that Ziomkowski was subject to a hostile work environment and disparate treatment because of her gender, with most occurring from 2009-12.
The panel decided Ziomkowski was discriminated against for being fired for cashing out, and putting into her retirement account, more than $28,000 in general leave without Myers’ authorization.
Many congratulations to Yvonne, who has had her name and reputation restored. Apparently the jury didn't buy Glenn Cutler's assertions that Yvonne was unpleasant to work with - among other City-sponsored lies.
In any case, this is a just verdict, and I am very happy for Yvonne. Now we'll sit back and see what the City's response to this latest smackdown is...