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HUDSON — A former Hudson police officer who said she was fired because she was pregnant has settled a lawsuit with the village of Hudson.

The lawsuit, filed in September 2018, asked the court to reinstate Kayley Sprout to her job and for compensation in the form of back pay and undeclared damages for emotional distress, humiliation and embarrassment and punitive damages and fees.

Details of the settlement were not released, but court documents indicated that both sides agreed the amount of lost wages for Sprout was $40,000.

"The village of Hudson's board has approved a settlement agreement and release of all claims with Kayley Sprout,” said village President Dan Maffeo. “The settlement agreement provides for a release of all claims asserted by Ms. Sprout against the village of Hudson. The financial component of the settlement agreement with Ms. Sprout is covered by the village's insurance."

The Village Board approved the agreement June 4.

Sprout’s attorney, Stephen Miller, confirmed the deal.

“All sides are happy with the settlement,” he said, declining further comment.

Court documents indicate Sprout began working for the Hudson Police Department on March 30, 2016, and was promoted to full-time officer on May 10, 2016. Police Chief Dale Sparks and department trustee Pat O’Grady signed a performance evaluation with no negative comments and with ratings listed as “outstanding” or “good” in all categories, according to the lawsuit.

In the lawsuit, Sprout said trouble began in April of that year when she told village officials that Sparks had tipped off a suspect prior to the execution of a search warrant. A state police investigation cleared Sparks of any wrongdoing.

Later, when Sprout announced she was pregnant, she was reassigned to desk duty, was not allowed access to a squad car and was assigned to the night shift, according to the lawsuit. That September, she was terminated because of a lack of available work.

Julie Bruch, the attorney of record for the village, did not return calls seeking comment.

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Contact Kevin Barlow at (309) 820-3238. Follow him on Twitter: @pg_barlow

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