DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa Board of Regents has settled a lawsuit filed by a longtime board spokeswoman, avoiding a trial on allegations that age and gender discrimination played a role in her dismissal in 2015.
Sheila Koppin filed a lawsuit in April also alleging unequal pay based on gender. She was replaced by two men. One was paid $24,000 more than what she earned in her 29th year.
A settlement agreement, first reported by The Gazette in Cedar Rapids, was signed Oct. 2. It shows Koppin will be paid nearly $130,000 for emotional distress and wages. Her attorney will get $65,000.
The board denies that it engaged in discrimination or retaliation and says in a statement that it “believes it is in the best interests of all involved to move forward. “
Koppin’s attorney didn’t immediately respond to a message.