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$1.75M settlement in fired ex-Iowa Senate GOP staffer case

$1.75M settlement in fired ex-Iowa Senate GOP staffer case”

A $1.75 million settlement has been reached in a lawsuit filed by a former Iowa Senate Republican staffer who alleged she was sacked in May 2013 just hours after filing a complaint alleging a toxic work environment caused by sexual harassment.

A settlement has been reached in a sexual harassment lawsuit against Republicans in the Iowa Senate. But it will result in the state officials dropping an appeal that could have prolonged the case by months or years.

The State Appeal Board will meet Monday to vote on approval of the settlement. Dix declined to comment on the matter.

However, Cedar Rapids Sen. Rob Hogg, leader of the Senate's Democratic caucus, issued a statement expressing dismay over Iowa taxpayers' money going "to pay for GOP misdeeds".

Republican officials argued she was sacked for poor job performance - an argument the jury didn't believe.

In August, Dix said Senate Republicans, on the advice of the Attorney General, will contract with the Iowa Department of Administrative Services for human resource services.

A Republican Senate staffer who was the focus of much of the trial testimony recently resigned.



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