On August 24, 2017 we reported that former communications director for the Iowa Senate Republican Caucus, Kristen Anderson, was awarded $2.2 million in damages by a jury that found Anderson had been fired in retaliation for complaining about sexual harassment and a hostile work environment.

In late September, the parties reached a settlement, pursuant to which the State of Iowa will forego any appeal of the jury verdict, and will pay approximately $1,045,000 to Anderson, and approximately $705,000 for Anderson’s legal costs and fees. On October 1, 2017, Iowa’s State Appeal Board approved this settlement.