- Associated Press - Monday, September 22, 2014

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - In a story Sept. 20 about a wrongful termination lawsuit settlement, The Associated Press erroneously reported the name of the clerk of Washington’s House of Representatives. She is Barbara Baker, not Barbara Bailey.

A corrected version of the story is below:

House GOP settles wrongful firing lawsuit

House GOP settles wrongful termination lawsuit

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - A wrongful termination lawsuit brought by three former House Republican staffers has been settled for a total of $120,000.

House Republican Caucus chief of staff Lisa Fenton told The Olympian on Friday that the settlement was reached on Wednesday, closing a three-year battle between House Republican leadership and three former staffers, John S. Archer, John Charba and William Engelhardt.

The claims from the men included age discrimination and allegations that staffers were pressured to work on members’ campaigns and attend fundraisers. A judge last month dismissed all but the age claims.

Fenton says the agreement bars further legal proceedings and the Republican House leaders admit to no wrong doing.

House Clerk Barbara Baker described the firing of Archer, who was had worked in the Legislature for 17 years, as “not particularly humane.”


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