"It is behind us now." With that statement, Professional Convention Management Association Chairman Rick Grimes closed what he called a "hurtful" chapter in PCMA's book. The Birmingham, Ala.-based organization has agreed to pay a settlement in the sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a former employee a year ago. Because a nondisclosure statement is part of the settlement agreement, PCMA will not reveal any details.
The lawsuit was brought by former controller Pamela M. Boyles, who alleged that her supervisor, William J. Myers, CAE, CMP, created a sexually hostile environment. Myers, who was COO, was fired by PCMA for violating its sexual harassment policy after the lawsuit was filed. Myers denied all charges, as did PCMA, despite its firing of Myers.
"I'm delighted it's over," Grimes says. "We don't tolerate [sexual harassment], so it's especially hurtful to be accused of it."