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2nd Nevada Investigator Wins Gender Discrimination Lawsuit

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The second of two Nevada female forensic investigators who sued the Washoe County sheriff's office for gender discrimination has won a $124,000 settlement for alleged violations of federal equal pay laws.

A federal judge dismissed the civil suit last week after Toni Leal-Olsen and Washoe County reached the settlement.

The county agreed to pay her more than $102,000 in back pay and pension credit plus nearly $22,000 in attorney fees and costs.

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Both sides said the compromise settlement is not "an admission of any liability or obligation."

The county agreed last year to pay $62,000 to Leal-Olsen's co-plaintiff, Marci Margritier.

The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Reno in July 2017 said two male counterparts were paid base salaries $10,000 higher for the same jobs under the same conditions.