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Health consortium named in lawsuit

Posted: Friday, July 13, 2001

SITKA (AP) -- The Southeast Alaska Native Health Consortium has been added as a defendant in a sexual harassment lawsuit against a consortium executive, according to court records.

Former health consortium employee Kim Perkins filed a lawsuit in March against SEARHC President Ken Brewer, saying she had been sexually harassed and wrongfully fired from her job in 1999 when Brewer was a senior vice president. She sought $50,000 in back pay and $100,000 in punitive damages.

In April, Brewer filed a countersuit, charging that Perkins made false and defamatory statements with the intent of damaging his reputation. He asked for attorney fees, compensatory and punitive damages and other relief.

In June, Perkins amended her suit to add SEARHC as a defendant and increase her claim to $500,000 in compensatory damages for wrongful termination, $500,000 for pain and suffering and $1 million in punitive damages.

Superior Court Judge Larry Zervos has set trial for June of 2002.



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