WAYNE COUNTY — A lawsuit alleging a violation of the First Amendment rights of a former employee has been settled for $90,000, according to a release from the county's attorney A. James Hailstone.

The county release states, “the agreement avoids (a) lengthy and costly litigation process,” adding that “....Judge Robert Mariani of the Middle District of Pennsylvania has approved an out of court settlement with former Wayne County employee, Troy Branning, to dismiss a civil lawsuit filed in federal court against Wayne County.”

The suit, filed in October 2015, alleged “a violation of Branning's First Amendment rights arising form his termination and alleged harassment...”

The release continues by stating, “the agreement in no way should be considered an admission of liability from either party and its only purpose is to avoid a costly litigation process.

“The settlement on this case states that, in exchange for the release of all liability, the county, through its insurance carrier, agrees to make a one-time payment in the amount of $90,000.”

A call placed to Branning's attorney, Cynthia Pollack, was not returned by press time.