Wisconsin prison supervisor under investigation again

On behalf of Fox & Fox, S.C.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported early this year that the first settlement was for $55,000. Earlier this month, the newspaper said the Wisconsin Department of Corrections had reached a second settlement with a former employee who had complained about sexual harassment by the same supervisor involved in the earlier settlement.

Now the paper reports that prison supervisor Susan Nygren is on paid leave while the Corrections Department investigates another claim against her.

“DOC has received allegations of work rule violations regarding Sue Nygren and has placed her on administrative leave while we conduct an internal personnel investigation,” said a department spokesperson who declined to discuss the nature of the most recent allegation.

The two women who lodged the earlier complaints and reached settlements were both fired from their prison system jobs. Nygren continues in her position as a health services unit supervisor at a correctional facility in Union Grove. She is paid $97,500, the Journal Sentinel reports.

The supervisor was accused of mistreating female staffers and then retaliating against them when they complained about the mistreatment. Both an internal investigation and an Equal Employment Opportunities Commission review found evidence of sexual harassment, court documents stated.

A phlebotomist complained that Nygren kissed her, mistreated her and then fired her after she complained. Her settlement totaled $55,000. A nurse who cooperated with the investigation into the complaint lodged by the phlebotomist alleged that the supervisor fired her in retaliation.

Nygren has denied the allegations.

We do not know how the latest complaint will be resolved, but it is clear that employees who believe they are mistreated by supervisors have legal recourse. You can discuss your situation with an experienced employment law attorney.

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