Press Release from Rural Human Services – May 12, 2017 –
The recently reported “settlement” of a lawsuit against Human Rural Services (RHS) and Scott Feller has unfairly placed RHS in an unfavorable light. RHS does not nor will it ever condone sexual harassment.
Upon becoming aware of allegations of inappropriate conduct by our Executive Director, Scott Feller, RHS immediately hired an outside investigator and local legal counsel to review the allegations and advise RHS accordingly.
At the conclusion of this investigation, our local counsel, George Mavris, advised the Board that no actionable harassment had been proven and, further, advised RHS to litigate the claims given the high probability that we would prevail in Court.
Upon the filing of the legal action, RHS provided the complaint to its insurance company which hired its own legal counsel. Against the advice of Attorney Mavris, the insurance company lawyers paid the claim rather than litigating the issues being presented.
The decision to settle the claim was not made by RHS but rather our insurance company, which also paid the claim. That insurance company is Nonprofits Insurance Alliance of California out of Santa Cruz, California.
RHS provides services to up to 2,000 people each month through various programs.