- Associated Press - Thursday, July 14, 2016

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A former federal prosecutor in Nebraska has settled her sex discrimination lawsuit against government officials.

Jill Finken will receive $85,000, according to the Lincoln Journal Star (https://bit.ly/2a0emi4 ). Court records indicate the case was dismissed Tuesday at her request. Her lawyer said the government officials didn’t admit any liability.

Her lawsuit, filed in May 2015, said supervisors harassed her and treated her differently from how they treated her male colleagues. It also said she was denied opportunities for full-time work in the office despite her legal experience and work as a reservist in the Iowa Army National Guard.

In court filings, an attorney for the Department of Justice denied Finken’s allegations and said she wasn’t discriminated against. A spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office in Omaha didn’t immediately return a call Thursday from The Associated Press.

Finken began working in October 2012 as a special assistant U.S. attorney. Under a grant-funded initiative, she was expected to improve prosecution rates in certain cases of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse. But she said in her lawsuit that there was resistance from the office to prosecute some cases, which she claimed was fueled by gender bias and stereotypes.

She resigned in September 2014 after asking the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to investigate.

Her attorney, Thomas Newkirk, said Finken was seeking to raise consciousness about gender bias, not trying to obtain a big settlement.


This story has been corrected to show that the former prosecutor’s last name is Finken, not Franken.


Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, https://www.journalstar.com

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