25 years ago today - 08/02/96

Sex-Harassment Suit to End in Settlement?

Case Involves Feds, Leucadia And Son of an LDS Leader

Harassment Suit Will End In Settlement


A settlement apparently has been reached in an unprecedented federal sexual-harassment lawsuit against a prominent Utah businessman, the son of a Mormon Church leader.

The defendants -- Leucadia National Corp., owned by Utah entrepreneur Ian Cumming, two of its subsidiaries and a former company officer, Thomas L. Monson -- have agreed to pay former paralegal Jennifer Bottomly an undisclosed sum, her lawyer said Thursday. However, Monson's lawyer, Ellen Maycock, said no paperwork has been signedto finalize any agreement. "The parties are confident we'll get there," she said. "But we haven't seen anything to sign yet."

Maycock confirmed that a trial set to begin Monday before U.S. District Judge Dee Benson had been canceled. The lawsuit included the first-ever intervention by the U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission in a Utah sexual-harassment case.

Bottomly, 35, was fired after she reported alleged sexual harassment by Monson, 45, son of Thomas S. Monson, first counselor in the governing First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Thomas L. Monson was fired from his job as vice president and general counsel for American Investment Bank, a Leucadia subsidiary. In her lawsuit filed in 1994, Bottomly claimed she was fired in retaliation for having accused Monson, after first being told her job as a company paralegal was not in jeopardy.

[The Salt Lake Tribune Page: B1]

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