School agency to pay $450K to close sexual harassment case

ALLEGAN, Mich. (AP) — An education agency in western Michigan has agreed to pay $450,000 to settle a lawsuit on behalf of two teachers who said they were sexually harassed.

The settlement was filed Wednesday in federal court. The agreement requires the Allegan Area Educational Services Agency to train employees to properly handle complaints of sexual harassment. The agency is required to keep the government informed about complaints and any resolution over the next 18 months.

One teacher will receive $250,000 and the other will get $200,000.

Jonathan Garcia was a principal at the education agency, which serves school districts in Allegan County and offers programs to children with disabilities. He was accused of groping the women and forcing one to perform sex acts.

Garcia went to prison for 2 ½ years.

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