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The state of New Mexico has agreed to pay $700,000 to Corrections Department employees who said they were discriminated against because of their age, and then retaliated against after making allegations against the state.
The settlement allows the New Mexico Corrections Department to deny allegations of age discrimination and retaliation while still paying out the settlement and subjecting itself to various types of monitoring for the next two years, according to a settlement agreement filed in U.S. District Court in New Mexico last week.
About 70 corrections employees will get a share of the settlement, which will be divided among them based on the facts of their particular complaints, said Loretta Medina, the supervisor trial attorney for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in New Mexico.
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