Mo. Domestic Violence Shelter Pays 103K to 2 Former Employees in Harassment Retaliation Suit

June 6, 2011

COLUMBIA, Mo. — A Columbia domestic violence shelter will pay $103,000 to settle a federal lawsuit alleging that two employees were punished in 2008 for reporting sexual harassment by the shelter’s former director.

The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued True North Inc. eight months ago in response to a complaint by two female employees. The women told board members of the nonprofit organization that executive director Leigh Voltmer had touched staff members inappropriately several times.

One of the women was fired two weeks after the complaint, while the second was demoted and given a pay cut.

True North was formerly known as The Shelter and is operated by Community Human Services Inc. Voltmer resigned in 2009 and is now a local United Way executive. She declined a request for comment on Monday.