Nitro City Council members met in a closed-door, executive session Monday to discuss a proposed settlement in a lawsuit brought by a city employee.
Sandra Saunders brought the formal complaint alleging harassment and sexual assault in September 2011.
"I am happy with the settlement that was offered to me," Saunders said. "I can walk out of here with my head held high and know that I've done a very good job."
Council members voted to accept the proposed settlement but would not comment on the matter. Details will not be released until a judge signs the agreement.
Saunders, whose duties included putting together the city calendar and collecting past due municipal bills, agreed to drop all claims of sexual harassment with prejudice, Nitro Mayor Dave Casebolt said.
This means she cannot bring the sexual harassment claims before a court again, he said.
Saunders did receive a settlement from the city based on payment issues, he said. She was seeking back pay for work she did for other city departments. She also received a settlement because the employment issues were not dealt with through the civil service process, Casebolt said.
Casebolt would not comment on how much money was involved in the settlement. Casebolt did confirm that no money was awarded based on the sexual harassment claim.
As part of the agreement, Saunders said she would no longer be employed by the city. She had worked for Nitro for about five years when she lodged the complaint.
She said the settlement is the "end to a year and a half of turmoil and I hope the city learned their lesson."
Council members also passed an ordinance amendment and re-enactment establishing rates and services provided by the Nitro Regional Waste Water Utility on first reading.