Worker with multiple sclerosis settles discrimination case
Lansing — A state of Michigan employee who helped people get disability benefits and said she was discriminated against because she has multiple sclerosis has settled a lawsuit against the state.
Becky Harte, a 39-year-old DeWitt woman who has worked for the Department of Health and Human Services since 2000, said that she’d been penalized by her managers over the last 10 years.
Her lawyer, Jim Fett, tells the Lansing State Journal that Harte will get a cash payment and leave her job with the state. The dollar amount wasn’t immediately released.
The Health and Human Services department declined to comment because the settlement was being finalized.
Harte sought $1.3 million, including attorney fees, non-economic damages and more than $28,000 in wages she said she lost because of the denied promotions.