$75,000 settlement reached in lawsuit against Vanderburgh Co. Prosecutor

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EVANSVILLE, Ind (WEHT)– Samantha Merideth’s case against Vanderburgh County Prosecutor Nick Hermann is being settled. Merideth’s attorney Brandon Danks says on July 12 Hermann, the State of Indiana, and Vanderburgh County collectively agreed to settle with Merideth for a total of $75,000. $1,000 is for lost wages and $74,000 for Merideth’s pain, suffering, and emotional distress that she endured over several years while working at the Vanderburgh County Prosecutor’s Office.

About two years ago, Merideth filed a lawsuit against Hermann for sexual battery, sexual harassment, hostility in the workplace, and wrongful termination. Merideth’s attorneys took statements from Hermann where they say he admitted to being with Samantha alone in his hotel room, late at night, drinking, making comments on Samantha’s appearance, putting her in handcuffs, and showing her his gun.

According to her lawyers, Samantha Merideth wanted Hermann to apologize and step down as the county prosecutor, but he hasn’t done either.

Even though Hermann agreed to settle for $75,000, he won’t be paying Merideth any money. Since Hermann is a State/County officer, the settlement will come from State and County tax revenue.

The Vanderburgh County Commission approved $45,000 for Samantha, but the Governor Eric
Holcomb has to sign off on the remaining $30,000. Due to the settlement agreement, Merideth’s attorneys expect the governor will approve to pay the remaining settlement money by August 26.

Danks says they believe the State and County settled to prevent a jury from hearing Samantha’s case.

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