Pa. Commissioner A Figure on Sex-Bias Verdict

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Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Jeffrey Miller, who has proclaimed a “zero tolerance policy” on sexual misconduct, is implicated in a sex-discrimination lawsuit by a female subordinate he helped oust three years ago, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

A federal jury found in September that Barbara A. Wilhelm was fired from her job because she complained about sex discrimination. The jury awarded $250,000 in damages; U.S. District Judge Sylvia H. Rambo raised the amount to more than $277,000.

Wilhelm had complained of unequal treatment and pay for about two years. She accused male coworkers of incompetence, job misconduct, and foisting secretarial duties onto her. Instead of addressing her concerns, Miller and then-State Police Commissioner Paul Evanko simply got rid of her, she said.

“That’s not true,” Miller said yesterday. “Females are a valued part of our organization.”


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