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D.C. Settles Gender- and Race-Based Work Discrimination Suit for $140,000

On February 7, 2007, the District of Columbia agreed to pay $140,000 to a former Department of Corrections (DOC) employee who alleged that she was discriminated against because of her sex.

Brenda Makins was terminated from her job at Lorton Reformatory after she refused to participate in a conspiracy to discriminate against two other employees on the basis of race, Makins alleged in federal civil rights suit. Makins was also allegedly discriminated against on the basis of her sex.

According to Makins’ suit, the DOC had a practice of favoring male employees in hiring, working conditions, promotions and hiring.

The DOC settled Makins’ suit for $140,000. Makins was represented by John Harrison of Alexandra, Virginia. See: Makins v. District of Columbia, No. 1:98-CV-02693 (D. Colo.).

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Makins v. District of Columbia