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Even though her case settled, Karen Hanson Messer got what she wanted: a promise that the Texas Education Agency would change its affirmative action policy and $150,000 for her legal troubles.

On Oct. 1, U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen Cappelle of Austin dismissed Karen Hanson Messer v. Texas Education Agency after Messer and the TEA signed a settlement that requires the agency, among other things, to “announce to all current employees that TEA does not consider race or gender for any purpose in making any TEA personnel decision.” Messer, formerly a senior director in the Management and Budget Division of the education agency, alleged the TEA discriminated against her based on her race and gender.

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