Sexual harassment case against Hartland village trustee dropped after investigation finds no substantial evidence – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

An investigation looking into allegations of sexual harassment between a village trustee and fire department employee has ended after an independent firm found no substantial evidence of the claim, according to Village President Jeff Pfannerstill.

The village board on Oct. 29 hired attorney Kathryn Gutenkunst of Cramer, Multauf and Hammes to investigate a harassment claim. The investigations findings were presented to the board in a closed session on Jan. 28.

“The village board met with legal counsel at its meeting on Jan.28 to address the concerns raised by a village employee related to an elected official,” Phannerstill said. “After a thorough investigation by legal counsel the concerns raised by the village were unsubstantiated, and no further action will be taken.”

The sexual harassment claim was made just months after the village board updated its harassment policy, which instructs village employees and elected officials on how to report harassment cases. It also requires elected officials take regular training on identifying harassment and how to avoid it. 

The board passed the harassment policy on Aug. 13; the sexual harassment claim between a trustee and fire department employee was made a few weeks later.

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