Mayor Gough’s assistant settles with city for $49,500

Mayor Don Gough’s assistant Stephanie Simpson has settled with the city for $49,500 after accusing Gough of discrimination, according to a report in the Everett Herald.

Simpson said that behind the scenes, tensions between herself and Gough percolated.

That friction increased last year when she became pregnant and applied for a job as assistant city administrator, Simpson said. The conflict escalated when she returned in mid-January, she said.

This February, Simpson accused Gough of discrimination, leading to a personnel investigation and a settlement between her and the city. As part of the deal, Simpson received $49,500 and three months of benefits. In exchange, Simpson, who has been working at home since mid-March, agreed not to sue the city or Gough.

Simpson’s last day of work will be June 1.

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