FMH lawsuit settled

WINNSBORO—A former Fairfield Memorial Hospital employee’s sexual harassment lawsuit has officially been dismissed, according to recently filed court documents.

Attorneys for the parties had previously filed a notice and stipulation of dismissal on March 29. However, the federal court database didn’t formally list the case as dismissed until May 18.

The database also lists the case’s disposition as “settled,” though details of any settlement had not been filed as of press time.

“All parties who have appeared in this action, by and through their undersigned attorneys, hereby stipulate to the dismissal of this action without prejudice [sic],” the filing states.

Cases dismissed without prejudice are court actions that allow an identical lawsuit to be filed at a later date, according to the U.S. Judicial Department website.

The lawsuit against Fairfield Memorial Hospital was originally filed Feb. 22 in Kershaw County Circuit Court. It was removed to federal court a month later.

Tabitha Williams, a former certified nursing assistant, stated in the litigation that a human resources employee harassed her.

The lawsuit said the employee made several unwanted sexual comments to her shortly after he started working at the hospital in October 2016.

In a response filed prior to dismissal, the hospital said the plaintiff was dismissed for poor job performance and attendance issues. The hospital also said the plaintiff refused to cooperate in an investigation into her complaint.

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