Friday October 5, 2012

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- State records show more than $5 million in public money has been paid out in the last six years to settle more than a dozen sexual harassment cases against New York state workers.

The cases include $1.79 million paid to a woman who worked for the state prisons system in western New York. The incident reported in 2000 was settled in 2009, with $1.1 million of the payout going to attorney fees.

The records were provided to The Associated Press under the state Freedom of Information Law.

Many cases involve payouts of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The records from the Attorney General's office were requested following disclosure of $103,000 in public money paid to settle a sex harassment claim against Assemblyman Vito Lopez, a Brooklyn Democrat.