Harassment Suit Against State's Former Ag Director Proceeds

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A lawsuit alleging sexual harassment by a former state agriculture director will go forward.

Former employee Heather Elder alleges sexual harassment and sex discrimination by the agency's former director, Fred Ferrell. Ferrell was forced to resign a few days after the allegations were made public in February.

The agency sued Elder, seeking to enforce what it says was a settlement agreement. Elder claims a final agreement was never reached.

A Cole County judge denied a request from the Agriculture Department to rule in its favor immediately. The judge says she needs more information before making a final decision.

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