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Strawberry Rec settles wrongful-termination lawsuit for $595,000

The Strawberry Recreation District has paid $595,000 to settle a wrongful-termination lawsuit filed by its former general manager.

The payout to Leanne Kreuzer, which includes about $181,000 to cover Kreuzer’s attorney fees, was covered through the district’s insurance and ends nearly three years of litigation between the parties. Kreuzer alleged in her July 2019 suit that she was the target of gender discrimination and harassment from at least three current board members during her 10 years on the job and that her contract wasn't renewed as retaliation for complaining to board members and Marin County counsel.

The settlement was reached late last year, and a judge officially dismissed the suit in December.

“It was a hard-fought, protracted and expensive lawsuit for all parties, and the district felt that they wanted to move forward with their current general manager and put this lawsuit behind them,” said attorney Peter Glaessner, who represented the district.

Kreuzer did not return a text message seeking comment on the settlement; her lawyer, Kirk Freeman, also declined to comment, other than to say the suit “was settled to (Kreuzer’s) satisfaction.”

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