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Native American Energy Department Employee Wins Significant Civil Rights Settlement

Mar 17, 2020 - Government Executive

A Native American official in the Energy Department s diversity office reached a $200,000 settlement with the department last week over civil rights violations she experienced.

Jody TallBear, a career civil servant, is a member of the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma and is eligible for enrollment in the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate. She filed a lawsuit against the department in January 2017 for violations of the 1964 Civil Rights Act related to a hostile work environment and retaliation. Th...