- Associated Press - Saturday, February 22, 2014

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - The state has agreed to pay $99,999 to settle a lawsuit filed by a female member of the Nevada Capitol Police who said she was the victim of sexual and age discrimination.

Alice Valdez, in her Carson City District Court complaint filed last September, alleged five male officers harassed her and claimed she couldn’t do her job because she was a woman.

Under the agreement filed Friday, the state and five officers denied the allegations but agreed to settle.

The settlement “achieves a modicum of justice, and it will save the taxpayers money,” Valdez attorney Jeffrey Dickerson told the Las Vegas Sun (http://bit.ly/1hFSxlf ). “This would have been a long and expensive case, far more costly than the settlement.”

Valdez says the male officers suggested she couldn’t do her job because she was a woman and told her she should be a “stay-at-home mom” or “look for a job at McDonald’s.”

The lawsuit also says she was subjected to lascivious conduct and comments, and inappropriate questions about whether her age limited her work. Valdez is over 40, according to the lawsuit.

The filing says the sexual harassment was observed by other officers, gubernatorial staff, other state employees and the public, and nothing was done when she complained to her superiors.

Sgt. Ed “Mike” Rubio was later fired and the others - William Walker, Christian Normandy, Chris Aranyos and Richard Mraz - received lesser disciplines.

Valdez, who is Hispanic, said in the lawsuit that she is one of four women on the force that provides security for elected Nevada officials and the governor’s mansion.

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Information from: Las Vegas Sun, http://www.lasvegassun.com

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