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One state employee received two settlements

Former state Department of Finance and Administration administrator Stephanie Sloman collected a second settlement of $100,000 after alleging that state officials were continuing to discriminate and retaliate against her.

But some of the details of her accusations are sealed.

The complaint in her spinoff lawsuit and an amended version that was to add more details were sealed by a U.S. District Court judge in December 2017 at the request of both sides.

The amended complaint isn’t public on the federal court website.

But an initial copy of her lawsuit, first filed in state District Court, has so far escaped the federal sealing order.

Back in November 2014, Sloman received $160,000 of a $650,000 settlement paid to a group of DFA female managers and administrators who claimed they were victims of discrimination and retaliation.

By 2015, Sloman had transferred from DFA to the state Corrections Department. But once there, officials with the Department of Finance Administration and Corrections allegedly blackballed her for her prior settlement and branded her a “troublemaker.”

She was twice denied a chance to be interviewed for a new job with DFA, even though she was the most qualified candidate, her lawsuit stated.

She also alleged whistleblower protection violations. She claimed retaliation for objecting to Corrections officials paying off employees who complained about violations of the Family Medical Leave Act. She complained that female Corrections employees earned less than their male counterparts, that documents were illegally destroyed, and that Corrections officials made illegal workplace comments, the lawsuit stated.

Lawyers for DFA and Corrections moved the case to federal court, denied any wrongdoing, and filed a counterclaim that Sloman violated the earlier settlement agreement by reiterating some of her 2014 claims.

Both sides asked for the sealing order to ensure there was no violation of then-confidential 2014 settlement agreement with the women, according to a public filing in the case.

About six months after the sealing, the state agreed to drop its counterclaim and pay Sloman $100,000 to dismiss her lawsuit.

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