Who is Marilyn Stewart? Fomer Alaska State Commission For Human Rights Head

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The state of Alaska is offering a $750,000 legal settlement to a former head of the Alaska State Commission for Human Rights, Marilyn Stewart, who sued the state in 2022 for discrimination.

Stewart, a Black woman and military veteran, alleged that two former commissioners convinced others to vote to terminate her due to her race.

The state agreed with a 2022 investigation from the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which found Stewart’s complaints valid and offered $750,000 in exchange for Stewart dropping her suit.

The State Human Rights Commission stated that none of the commissioners who voted to terminate Stewart remain on the commission and that it is committed to its mission to “eliminate and prevent discrimination for all Alaskans.” The settlement is subject to approval by the Alaska Legislature.