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Former Heineman spokeswoman settles lawsuit over lost job
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Former Heineman spokeswoman settles lawsuit over lost job


The former spokeswoman for Gov. Dave Heineman has dropped her lawsuit against the state of Nebraska, in which she alleged she lost a later state job because of her pregnancy.

Jen Rae Wang didn't respond to a request for comment on the joint motion to dismiss filed by the attorneys on both sides last week; and her attorney, Jim Zalewski, said in an email he couldn't comment.

Suzanne Gage, a spokeswoman at the Nebraska Attorney General's office, also declined to comment.

Chief U.S. District Judge Laurie Smith Camp approved the motion and dismissed the case Friday.

Last summer, Wang sued saying she was 34 weeks pregnant when state Natural Resources Director Jeff Fassett told her he was eliminating her position as the agency's communications and statewide planning director.

It was the same day she had submitted her maternity leave paperwork to a human resources manager, according to the lawsuit.

Wang lost her $90,000 salary — her family's primary source of income — as a result, as well as her health insurance coverage.

She had asked for back pay, three years' salary, lost benefits, compensation for damages and attorney's fees.

Wang took the Natural Resources job after losing her position as the governor's spokeswoman in January 2015, when Heineman left office. She had worked for the governor's office since 2007.


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