SEATTLE — The Port of Seattle will pay $8 million to two former employees it wrongfully fired.

The Seattle Times reported Friday that the settlement came just before a King County Superior Court jury determined on Thursday it should pay $16.5 million — $7.6 million to Deanna Zachrisson and $8.9 million to Elaine Lincoln.

A lawyer for the plaintiffs says the settlement caps total damages at $8 million, with all parties agreeing not to appeal.

Zachrisson and Lincoln, who had worked in the Port’s airport retail division, claimed in a lawsuit they were ousted for opposing lease concessions to certain minority businesses owned by friends and political supporters of a now-former Port commissioner.

The Port said it terminated the women in 2015 after determining they’d exchanged offensive emails violating its code of conduct.


Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com

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