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$43,000 Paid in Washington DOC Employee's Gender Discrimination Claim

Scott A. Hepler works for the Washington Department of Corrections
as a Community Corrections Officer. In early 1999, Hepler applied for a
lateral transfer within WDOC for a position as Community Corrections
Officer II at the community-oriented policing station known as COPS West
in Spokane. He was among 11 applicants, two of which were female. Hepler
was the most qualified candidate for the job and was recommended as the
top candidate for one of the positions by both the hiring panel and the
hiring supervisor. That recommendation was reversed by Sharon Kaye
Adkins, the Regional Administrator for WDOC, Northeast Region. Both
available positions were awarded to the two female candidates.

Hepler filed suit alleging that WDOC policies confer preferential
treatment on women despite the passage of voting initiative 200 enacted by
Washington voters in November 1998. That initiative amended Washington's
Law against Discrimination to prohibit affirmative action and similar
types of discrimination. On January 29, 2001, WDOC settled the suit for
$43,000. Hepler was represented by George M. Ahrend of Spokane. See:
Hepler v. Department of Corrections, Spokane Superior Court, Case No: 99-2-

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