BEND, Ore. (AP) -- The state has released the amount paid to settle a lawsuit filed against Deschutes County District Attorney Patrick Flaherty by a former employee who alleged she was wrongfully fired.

The Oregon Department of Administrative Services said Monday that Sharon Sweet got $310,000.

Flaherty fired Sweet in October 2011, saying the investigator's work was not "consistently above expectations" and she violated personnel rules by not disclosing her involvement in a romantic relationship with another investigator.

Sweet said the DA created a hostile work environment for employees who exercised their right to protected speech.

The Bend Bulletin reports ( that since 2005 the department has paid about $1.7 million in claims on employment-related lawsuits filed against all Oregon district attorneys. Of that, 80 percent has been for cases involving Flaherty.


Information from: The Bulletin,

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