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Cuyahoga pays $100K to settle with gay former employee

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Human Resources

Former government employee Shari Hutchison has settled her discrimination complaint against Cuyahoga County for $100,000 after winning a landmark decision for gay and lesbian workers.

Hutchison used to work for the county’s support agency. Despite having more education and experience than other employees the county promoted, Hutchison claims she was passed over 22 times for promotions over the course of seven years.

The alleged reason: Bias against homosexual employees.

In 2011, an Ohio judge ruled that discrimination based on sexual preference in government hiring violated the 14th Amendment, and that Hutch­­ison had been a victim. Faced with the costs of litigation and a jury trial, the county elected to settle the case.

In exchange for the money, Hutch­­ison has agreed to leave county em­­ployment and never return.

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