Los Alamos Co. settles with ex-official in firing

Aug 20, 2012

A former top Los Alamos County official who claimed she was wrongfully fired because of her gender will receive $800,000 to settle her case.

Diana Stepan was fired from her assistant county administrator job in early 2011 after filing a grievance against the county administrator. 

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission determined earlier this year that she had been treated differently because she was a woman and was fired for complaining about that treatment. Stepan filed a claim against the county last year.

The settlement was announced on Friday. The county will pay $175,000 and the state-wide municipal self-insurance fund the rest.

The Los Alamos Monitor reports Stepan says she did her best for the county and her firing and the legal actions that resulted have been very hurtful.