$500,000 Settlement for Harassment

Ashly Broussard v. The GEO Group et al.

In November 2019 we shared an article detailing the lawsuit that was filed on behalf of Ashly Broussard against the GEO Group, which can be read here: Harassment at ICE Facility. We are please to share that Valiant Law was successful in obtaining justice for another client. Details of the settlement can be found below.

Ashly Broussard v. The GEO Group et al.

Settlement Amount: $500,000


Plaintiff Ashly Broussard was an employee at the Adelanto ICE Processing Center in Adelanto, California, a federal detention center operated by Defendant The GEO Group, Inc. from September 2016 to January 2018, when she was terminated. Defendant Laurel Withers was a Lieutenant at the Adelanto facility and one of Plaintiff’s former supervisors. Plaintiff sued GEO for sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation, hostile work environment, failure to prevent sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination, and failure to provide rest periods, meal periods, and overtime wages. Plaintiff sued Withers for sexual harassment. Plaintiff sued both parties for assault and intentional infliction of emotional distress.


Plaintiff’s contentions: Plaintiff claimed that during her employment with GEO, she was the victim of unlawful sexual harassment by Lieutenant Withers, was retaliated against, and the GEO failed to prevent the sexual harassment, discrimination, and retaliation. Plaintiff claimed that she suffered damages as a result of Defendant’s actions.

Defendant’s Contentions: Defendants denied all of the claims.


Plaintiff claimed emotional distress.


The case settled for $500,000.

Written by: Raymond Babaian

Source: Originally Printed in The Daily Journal

Raymond Babaian is the founding partner of Valiant Law. During Raymond’s practice, which spans over a decade, he has gained extensive experience in all facets of complex litigation. His expertise includes litigation of employment, general liability, class action, construction, products, and general business litigation matters – from start through trial, and appeal. 

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