Ex-GOP lawmaker settles lawsuit against university for $155K

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Former Washington state Rep. Matt Manweller has settled a wrongful termination lawsuit against his former employer, Central Washington University for $155,000. Manweller had initially sought more than $2 million in damages.

The Northwest News Network reports the settlement was filed last week in Kittitas County Superior Court. According to the stipulated judgment and order to pay, CWU did not admit any liability and will not pay Manweller’s attorney fees.

University vice president of public affairs Kremiere Jackson says the university accepted Manweller’s offer to settle for $155,000 to protect the privacy of students and witnesses.

The university fired Manweller in August following a workplace conduct investigation that concluded he had “engaged in a pattern of unprofessional and inappropriate behavior” with current and former female students over a 13-year period.

He denied the allegations but resigned as a lawmaker after he was re-elected.