A former aide to Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar has agreed to a settlement ending the sexual harassment case against her former boss -- without obtaining a payout from the city, the parties said Wednesday.
Rob Wilcox, spokesman for City Atty.
Mike Feuer, said the city will pay "no money" to resolve the case filed last year by Francine Godoy, Huizar's former deputy chief of staff.
A Huizar representative would not say whether the councilman personally paid Godoy to end the case.
Godoy's lawsuit alleged Huizar had retaliated against her after she refused to provide him with "sexual favors. Had the city paid a financial settlement in the case, its terms would have become public.
Private settlements need not be disclosed and often require the parties to promise never to discuss the details. Wilcox said he does not know whether Huizar made a private payment to settle the lawsuit.
Taxpayers are already on the hook for Huizar's legal fees. The settlement was announced Wednesday, a day before a scheduled hearing on a court order that allowed certain documents in Godoy's case to be designated as confidential. The Los Angeles Times had challenged the order, saying it was overly broad.
Both Huizar and Godoy's attorney, Michael Eisenberg, released a statement saying all parties had reached "a global" settlement. Huizar is running for his third and final four-year term on the council.
He has four opponents so far, including termed-out Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Jose huizar sexual harassment, a political veteran who has previously served on the council and in the state Assembly. Godoy, who is now employed by the city's Bureau of Sanitation, worked for Huizar from to In her lawsuit, Godoy had accused Huizar of denying her promotions, forcing her to transfer and pressuring her to quit.
She also contended that the councilman had sabotaged her attempt to run for the Los Angeles Community College District's board of trustees in Those allegations triggered an investigation by a five-member special committee overseen by the city's Personnel Department.