Wolcott settles with only woman officer

The Associated Press

WOLCOTT, Conn.–The Wolcott Police Department’s only female police officer will receive $300,000 to settle a discrimination case against the town.

Officer Doreen Spiotti alleged in her 2004 lawsuit that her superiors harassed and discriminated against her based on her gender and status as a mother. She said she was berated after requesting family leave in 2003, and was told she had become a “soft” police officer after becoming a mother.

The town does not acknowledge any wrongdoing, but as part of the settlement, all managers will be required to undergo sexual harassment training.

The case was settled June 30, but the terms of the settlement became public Sunday after the Republican-American newspaper filed a request for them under the state’s Freedom of Information Act.