CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Oct. 25, 2017) – Today, the City of Charlotte and Crystal Eschert have resolved Ms. Eschert's lawsuit against the city.
In exchange for both sides dismissing their appeal, the City has agreed to pay Ms. Eschert and her attorney the amounts awarded by the trial court.
"The City Council decided it was best to end this dispute and move on," said City Attorney Bob Hagemann. "While the city respects the jury's verdict and the court's rulings, this settlement should not be interpreted as agreement, or an admission of wrongdoing or liability. To the contrary, the city defended itself based on a conviction that Ms. Eschert's termination was justified and lawful."
The breakdown for the $1,135,100.27 that the city agreed to pay Ms. Eschert is as follows:
- $464,538 in back pay and compensatory damages paid to Ms. Eschert,
- $42,037.97 in pre- and post-judgment interest paid to Ms. Eschert, and
- $628,524.30 in attorney's fees, costs, and appeal filing fee to Maloney Law & Associates.
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