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Gender Bias

This is a settlement for the Discrimination lawsuit.

Marysville, PA: (Mar-06-08) Marysville resident Suzanne A. Mertes, a federal worker at Beale Air Force Base, brought a lawsuit against the US Air Force, alleging that she faced gender discrimination while on the job. Her suit claimed that she was called a "typical blue-collar type," a bitch, a complainer, a troublemaker and "not management material."

Records state that Mertes, a civilian who has worked at Beale since 1979 and was born on the base, has been one of the few females in a largely male environment. Mertes said that despite having superior qualifications, she was not promoted to supervisor in a support division that in 2004 replaced the 9th Transportation Squadron. She claimed that the management went to great lengths to ensure she wasn't promoted, while males easily won promotion. As part of a settlement reached between the parties, the gender discrimination suit was resolved after the Air Force agreed to pay Mertes $490,000.

Under the terms of agreement, apart from the monetary payout, Mertes will also be promoted to a supervisor position and receive back pay. Spokespersons for the Air Force stated that the settlement the government reached does not mean officials agree with assertions that Mertes made in the case or that the military admits liability. [APPEAL-DEMOCRAT: BEALE WORKER GETS MONEY IN BIAS LAWSUIT]

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Published on Mar-9-08


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The 914th Airlift Wing's (here in Niagara Falls NY) refusal to process me properly after my June 30, 2014 car accident where I was rear ended while on active duty at Patrick AFB, Fl. The person that hit me paid for the damage to the rental vehicle and her insurance company (State Farm) has finally agreed to send me a check to pay for my medical bills (including physical therapy treatment for whiplash). The ASTS intentionally delayed their processing of my Line of Duty (LOD) request last year. I had to request/demand an LOD because State Farm was claiming that I use my own car insurance and my primary physician wouldn’t allow me to use my own health coverage because he considered it a No-fault claim. Since the LOD wasn’t being processed properly and State Farm wasn’t paying my medical bills I’ve received numerous medical bills including one stating that I couldn’t return for treatment until my account was paid. Sadly, I’ve gotten hurt since then and had to suffer through it. I’ve had to get updates from our installation Inspector General (IG) regarding the LOD and he inform me two weeks ago that my military retirement (31 Years) was going to be held up next month because a medical board is investigating my request for a LOD.


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