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Lesbian corrections officer settles lawsuit against Michigan Department of Corrections
By metroweekly.com
Published: 10/15/2019

A former Michigan corrections officer has settled a sex discrimination lawsuit against the state Department of Corrections for $135,000 after she claims she was singled out for unfair treatment because of her sexual orientation. Ashley Menchaca, a former employee at the Woodland Center Correctional Facility in Whitmore Lake, claims she was subjected to verbal taunts and harassment from her co-workers, was assigned one of the worst jobs in the prison, and subjected to a series of investigations for alleged rules violations that were either unfounded or due to selective enforcement by her superiors. Menchaca was eventually forced to resign from her job in May 2017. She subsequently filed a lawsuit, alleging that she had been discriminated against on the basis of sexual orientation.

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