MISSOULA, Mont. -

 Missoula County has agreed to pay $189,000 to settle lawsuits filed by four former employees of Partnership Health Center.
  
The lawsuits contended the workers were wrongfully discharged and that the clinic's management created hostile working conditions, emotional distress and humiliation.
    
Combined, it is the largest settlement the county has paid in at least the past three years.
    
The Missoulian reports that the settlement stipulated that the county was not admitting liability. The settlement money was paid from a risk fund specifically allocated for such purposes.
    
Partnership Health Center is a nonprofit medical and dental clinic administered through the Missoula City-County Health Department and governed by a board of directors. The clinic employs about 120 staffers in Missoula and serves people who are underinsured or uninsured.