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Missouri to pay $475K in harassment, retaliation case

Attorney General Josh Hawley said lawsuits against Missouri cost taxpayers at least $23 million last year. (MGN Online)

Missouri has agreed to a $475,000 settlement in a case involving a state worker who alleged harassment and discrimination.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Kimberly Russell filed the lawsuit in 2016 while working as a tax auditor at the Missouri Revenue Department. The lawsuit alleges that her supervisor at the agency's Kansas City field compliance bureau retaliated after Russell complained about a coworker's harassment in 2014.

Russell alleges negative job reviews, denial of a promotion and denial of a disabled parking space near the office. Court records say Russell was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2012.

State records show Russell is still an agency employee.

Attorney General Josh Hawley said lawsuits against Missouri cost taxpayers at least $23 million last year. Sixteen of those cases involved employment discrimination.

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