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Lansing — A state of Michigan employee who helped people get disability benefits says she was discriminated against because she has multiple sclerosis.

The Lansing State Journal reports Becky Harte, a 39-year-old DeWitt woman who has worked for the state Department of Health and Human Services since 2000, says in court filings that she’s been penalized by her managers over the last 10 years.

In court filings, the department says Harte wasn’t promoted because there were more qualified candidates and called her allegations of discrimination “speculation and conjecture.”

Department spokesman Bob Wheaton says in a statement that the department “is very much committed to having a diverse workforce and providing equal employment opportunity.”

Harte is seeking $1.3 million, including attorney fees and non-economic damages. A trial is scheduled Nov. 16.

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