Maui Sex Discrimination Settlement Costs County $350,000

WAILUKU, MAUI (Ben Caxton) — a retired Maui police captain who claimed in a federal lawsuit that she faced sex discrimination when she was passed over for a promotion will be receiving a $350,000 settlement from the county. According to the Mau news the suit, which was filed in 2016, was dismissed last month after a settlement was reached. Mollie Klingman was hired by the county in 1987 and advanced to the rank of captain 2011. But she was passed over for a promotion to assistant chief in 2014 when the county instead turned to a male officer to fill the position. Klingman’s lawsuit said that she had more seniority and experience in the department’s Support Services Bureau commanded by the assistant chief, than the promoted male captain. She eventually retired early, without full benefits, after the incident as work became increasingly difficult. Maui admitted no liability in the incident in agreeing to settle the case.

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