JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- After 16 years of service, Julie Lyncker said she was betrayed by her former boss, State Attorney Angela Corey.
"I thought I was making a complaint to the proper people," she said of the harassment complaint she filed with Corey against her new supervisor, Wes White, in 2009.
Lyncker was working at the state attorney's Nassau County office at the time, and says White wanted her to ask then-Sheriff Tommy Seagraves for various favors.
"He asked me to call him when he was on vacation because he thought the sheriff would answer my phone calls and no one else's."
Seagraves, Lyncker said, is a close family friend, but says White asked publicly if their relationship was more.
Lyncker denied that allegation and refused White's request.
"He never directly threatened me with my job, but I felt like I was going to lose my job."
Lyncker tells Action News that after filing a harassment complaint with Corey, she became the focus of the investigation instead of White.
Lyncker was fired shortly thereafter and accused of having conversations about sex with her coworkers, but Lyncker's attorney says it was retaliation for filing the complaint against White.
"None of these people were ever disciplined," says Joseph DeBelder. "The only difference between Julie Lyncker and those employees is Julie complained about Wesley White."
On Wednesday, the two parties settled the dispute for $175,000.
Lyncker said she is happy to finally put the case behind her.
"I'm ready to get on with my life."
According to a spokesperson for the State Attorney's Office, the SAO is responsible for $87,500 and Risk Management, in Tallahassee, is responsible for the remaining $87,500 in the settlement.
Action News was also provided with the following statement from Corey's office:
"The SAO maintains that Ms. Lyncker's allegations of retaliatory discharge are not valid. The SAO contested the claims, would continue to contest the claims, and in good faith believes there is a valid foundation for the defense of such claims. But as is common in civil cases, Ms. Lyncker and the SAO have determined that their respective interests would be best served by completely resolving and settling this case."
Wes White is no longer with the State Attorney's Office. He tells Action News he denies any allegation of wrongdoing and is opposed to any settlement in the case.