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PENDLETON — The state of Oregon will pay $500,000 to a former officer of Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution, Pendleton, to settle her federal lawsuit alleging a hostile work environment and retaliation for reporting a sexual assault.

Ashley Longhorn, of Hermiston, in August 2021 sued the state corrections department and former corrections officer Matthew Klimek in a case that was to go to trial Monday, June 5, according to court information. Longhorn’s attorney, Caitlin Mitchell, of Eugene, announced in a written statement the Oregon Department of Corrections instead agreed to pay Longhorn.

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