The Westchester County Board of Legislators referred to committee this week a proposed $26,709 settlement with former county employee Jennifer Elliot. The resolution, which was sent to the Budget and Appropriations Committee, would give the county attorney the authority to settle the claim, which would include a $20,000 lump-sum plus $6,708.50 for health-insurance premiums from March through December of this year.
Jennifer Elliott sued the county after she was laid off from her position as staff assistant, agricultural and environmental resources, in the Department of Public Works. She claimed she was unlawfully terminated Jan. 1, 2011 and asked to be reinstated.
County officials said Elliott’s position was lawfully abolished. A new position was created in the Refuse Disposal District No. 1, but she held no entitlement to that post, they said.
County Attorney Robert Meehan wrote in a letter to legislators this month that Elliott indicated, through her lawyer, that she was not interested in reinstatement to her former position. Meehan recommended the settlement and wrote that he considered it to be “reasonable.”