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Former Kauai attorney to receive settlement in harassment claim

Shannon Weigel Shannon Weigel
Shaylene Iseri-Carvalho Shaylene Iseri-Carvalho
Timothy Riera Timothy Riera

KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - A former Kauai attorney is about to receive a $120,000 settlement in a case of extreme racial harassment during her time working with the county prosecutor's office.

Shannon Weigel started working for county prosecutor Shaylene Iseri-Carvalho in 2009 after graduating from law school in Colorado.

She says both her and her boyfriend were slated to work in the office and that's when the trouble started with Iseri-Carvalho.

"Before we came into work on our first day, she said that my boyfriend at the time, his position was no longer available," Weigel said.

Weigel claims her boss continued to make rude remarks about her boyfriend and the harassment persisted at workplace gatherings.

"Like what kind of food I was going to bring," Weigel said. "If it was a potluck, was it gonna be mainland or is it gonna be good Hawaiian edible food because haoles don't know how to cook or something like that."

After several unsuccessful attempts at clearing the air, Weigel got fed up and filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

"She was told that she should assimilate more into local culture and she should not date her boyfriend who is white," EEOC Honolulu director Timothy Riera said . "Hopefully, employees when they feel like they've been discriminated against will come forward and complain to a manager or supervisor."

The Kauai County Attorney's office responded to the claim Thursday.

"We feel that given the seriousness of Ms. Weigel's complaint and the substantiating evidence that was uncovered during the investigation, the settlement was fair for all involved," said attorney Al Castillo, Jr. in a statement.

Weigel has since moved back to Colorado, but is still willing to come back to the islands.

"Her doing this to me definitely did not destroy my view of Hawaii," Weigel said.  "There's still a lot of the great people that I met there, so it will always have a special place in my heart."

This is the second harassment settlement involving Kauai County in less than a week. A former victim witness counselor will receive $75,000 over claims of a hostile work environment.

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