Carbon Tax payers pay over 60K to settle Nothsteins lawsuit

Posted in the Nesquehoning Forum

Carbon Republican

Lehighton, PA

#1 Sep 1, 2012
Friday, August 31, 2012
By AMY MILLER amiller@tnonline.com
Carbon County officials have settled a 2009 lawsuit that involved a county employee and the sheriff.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted 2-0 to authorize and execute any and all documents relative to the settlement agreement between the county, Sheriff Dwight Nothstein and Evelyn Hydock-Horos of Jim Thorpe. Commissioner Chairman Wayne Nothstein, who is Sheriff Nothstein's brother, abstained from the vote but said he supported the county's decision because he "felt it was in the county's best interest."

The terms of the agreement, which were obtained through filing a request with the county Opens Records office in accordance with the Pennsylvania Right to Know Law, include the county paying a total of $60,000 $33,897.50 to Hydock-Horos and $26,102.50 to Hahalis and Kounoupis PC; as well as Hydock-Horos withdrawing the discrimination suit and resigning from her position in the county Sheriff's Office.

Hydock-Horos filed the suit against Sheriff Nothstein in November 2009 in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania after claiming that she had experienced racial and sexual harassment and discrimination at her place of employment in 2006.

The suit stated that Hydock-Horos, who was currently out on unpaid leave, was denied a promotion to sergeant because she is Hispanic and female; and was subjected to a hostile work environment, including an alleged back rub and off-color comments made by the sheriff, during her employment in the sheriff's office. The suit sought damages in excess of $300,000 for future income, benefits and earnings; loss of past income, benefits and earnings; and punitive damages; as well as a promotion to sergeant.

From the time the suit was filed, Sheriff Nothstein has maintained that the allegations were false.

Prior to the vote, Commissioner William O'Gurek, who was the chairman at the time the lawsuit was filed, said that he stood behind the sheriff in defending the case.

"No one labored more in this case than the sheriff himself," O'Gurek said, adding that the suit and the allegations have been very "emotional and taxing" to the sheriff.

O'Gurek stressed that the agreement was made in the best interest of the county.

"My vote will be reflective in settling this case in the best interest of the county and certainly not as an admission of the county or sheriff's part of any wrong doing," he said.

According to the terms of the agreement, it "does not constitute an admission of liability by the county or Sheriff Dwight Nothstein that they have violated any law or deprived Hydock-Horos of any right guaranteed to her by law and, in fact, the county and Sheriff Nothstein expressly deny any such violation."

It continues that the purpose for the settlement was to resolve the parties' differences without the "costs and expenses of litigation."
A great thinker

Kingston, PA

#2 Sep 1, 2012
Its a drop in the bucket compared to the cost of Packerton swamp
doin this ta me cuz im

Sparta, NJ

#3 Sep 2, 2012
My opinion: Another player and loser of the "Lawsuit Lottery". Between the lawyers (the only winners every time) and taxes, what did she get? Anyone care to hire her now?
Carbon Republican

Lehighton, PA

#4 Sep 2, 2012
Maybe the next sheriff will hire her as chief deputy? Whoever it may be will more than likely have a deeper respect for women.
Prove it

Sparta, NJ

#5 Sep 2, 2012
Carbon Republican wrote:
Maybe the next sheriff will hire her as chief deputy? Whoever it may be will more than likely have a deeper respect for women.
Yep, prove anything criminal or even disrespectful was done. You only have an opinion. She settled. Case closed.
John B

Kingston, PA

#6 Sep 2, 2012
I'll believe it when it appears in the Mickey "in the rear with the Gear" Report, until then its just hearsay even if the Times News printed it.

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Nesquehoning Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
Ashley weirich vs Angelina patton 2 hr Rick Ashley 4
who is the biggest sleeze&junkie in tamaqua 5 hr Tamaqua Trojan 4
Allentown man sentenced in drug ring... 7 hr silly rabbit 1
drug dealers Wed OldHead 33
R Mickey Angst Report (Mar '14) Wed Roy E Angst 1,141
Farber junkie Wed Methamphetamine Hcl 10
Carbon proposes fire center Feb 23 Chunker 2
Nesquehoning Dating
Find my Match
More from around the web

Nesquehoning People Search

Addresses and phone numbers for FREE

Personal Finance

Mortgages [ See current mortgage rates ]

NFL Latest News

Updated 9:27 am PST

NBC Sports 9:27AM
James Casey adds more stops to his search for a new job
ESPN 9:54 AM
Eagles release veteran O-lineman Herremans
Bleacher Report 6:15 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers' Ultimate Free-Agency To-Do List
Bleacher Report 9:00 PM
Can the Philadelphia Eagles Afford to Trade Up for Marcus Mariota?
Bleacher Report10:32 PM
Is Herremans Replacement Already on Roster?