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The city of Portland is finalizing an $80,000 settlement to end a lawsuit by a former employee who said he was subjected to fraternity-style 'extreme hazing' by city transportation workers.
Adam Rawlins said he was the target of horrific pranks for several months in 2016, including one incident where he was pictured while being locked in a dark shed and bound by duct tape and zip ties, the Oregonian/OregonLive reported.
US - District - Court - Shirt - Shot
He also said in U.S. District Court that he was frequently forced to take off his shirt and then shot with metal screws, wooden strips, popcorn kernels and hard candy fired from an air compressor, causing bruises, blood blisters and welts.
Rawlins had to sit in the back of a city truck while a coworker 'punched and contorted the nipples' on his chest, the suit claims.
Derogatory - Names - Basis
He said he was pushed, body-slammed and called derogatory names on a daily basis.
A consultant later hired by the city found a 'don't snitch' culture within the maintenance operation of the Portland Bureau of Transportation, which fostered a workplace where disrespectful comments, racially charged political remarks and sexist attitudes are common.
Consultant - Hazing
The consultant found that the hazing appeared to be isolated.
Rawlins sued the city last year in Multnomah County Circuit Court seeking $250,000 before moving his case to federal court in pursuit of $660,000, the Oregonian/OregonLive reported.
Portland - City - Council - Settlement - Approval
The Portland City Council will receive the proposed settlement for approval on Wednesday.
The city's risk management division predicted that 'there is risk the city may be found liable.'
Order - Risk - Jury - Award
'Therefore, in order to avoid the risk of an adverse jury award, we feel it is prudent to compromise...
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