Arroyo Grande Council recognizes officer harassment injuries
July 13, 2013
The Arroyo Grande City Council agreed on July 9 to recognize that police officer Michelle Cota suffered psychological injuries while on the job. [NewTimes]
As a result of the council vote, Cota will be able to retire and collect bi-weekly payments of $1,580 under the state Public Employees’ Retirement System.
In a suit filed in late 2011, Cota accused Chief Steven Annibali and former Commander John Hough of retaliating against her and two other women who complained that former Sergeant Barry Bridge sexually harassed them.
While the city council voted to approve the resolution recognizing the injuries Cota suffered on the job, City Manager Steve Adams told the News Times that the disability determination was connected to a settlement agreement and that it is not an admission of wrongdoing.
Earlier this year, the city settled an harassment and discrimination lawsuit filed in 2010 by officer Kimberly Martin for $162,500.