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Former pilot sues Nevada claiming gender discrimination

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Posted at 10:30 AM, Jul 04, 2019

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A former pilot for the state who says she was replaced by a man after she was told her position no longer was needed has filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against the Nevada Department of Transportation.

Jennifer Kuklock says her supervisor's claim that she was being let go in 2016 because her position was being eliminated was a false pretext to terminate her because of her sex.

Kuklock flew planes for the governor and other high-ranking officials after she was hired as a pilot intern in 2013.

Her federal lawsuit filed this week in federal court says that in addition to replacing her with a man, the state hired independent contractors to fly state planes because of a shortage of pilots. She's seeking unspecified damages.

The department declined to comment.