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St. Louis County Settles $10.25M Lawsuit with Gay Police Officer

St. Louis County Executive Sam Page announced the county settled the discrimination lawsuit with gay police officer, Lieutenant Keith Wildhaber.

Page announced the settlement they reached was for about $10.25 million. “Which is substantially less than the $20 million judgement by the jury. And substantially less than up to $22 million which is what it could have cost us during an 18-month appeal,” Page said Monday in a press conference.

A jury awarded Wildhaber nearly $20 million in his lawsuit that said he was passed over for promotion because he is gay. He even said he was told to “tone down his gayness.”

The settlement will be paid through general revenue which includes sales and property tax funds, Page said.

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