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Bristol To Pay $250,000 In Sex Harassment Suit Against Former Mayor Ken Cockayne

Bristol To Pay $250,000 In Sex Harassment Suit Against Former Mayor Ken Cockayne

The city has agreed to pay $250,000 to a female employee who accused former Mayor Ken Cockayne of sexually harassing her.

The payout will settle a federal lawsuit by Noelle Bates, who also contended that Bristol’s former personnel director and city attorney tried to squelch her complaints.

Bates alleged a pattern of retaliation and harassment by Cockayne, and her lawsuit claimed he warned her in 2016 that “I can sexually harass you and there is nothing you can do about it, because the mayor is an elected official and not a city employee."

Cockayne, who was elected in 2013 and won a second term in 2015, was censured for misconduct twice during his final term and...

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