Los Alamos County and former employee Diana Stepan have reached a settlement for $800,000 in a sex discrimination case.
According to a statement released late Friday by the county, the settlement was reached Aug. 1.
Stepan said Friday night that everything became finalized earlier in the afternoon.
The settlement addresses a claim that Stepan had filed last year against the county and former acting county administrator Randy Autio after her termination of employment.
The statement read, “The county was represented in the settlement by the New Mexico Self-Insurer’s Fund, an insurance pool of New Mexico municipalities and other political subdivisions, including the county, through an arrangement with the New Mexico Municipal League.
“Under the agreement, the New Mexico Self-Insurer’s Fund will pay $800,000 to Stepan. The county will pay $175,000 of that settlement, which includes a $25,000 deductible.”
Stepan, who was earning $146,000 a year as the assistant county administrator, said she believes the settlement was one of the largest the county has ever given out.
“The whole thing has been extremely hurtful because I did do my very best for the county,” Stepan said.