State pays $20,000 to woman who was only female captain at Pittsburgh prison

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A Ross woman who became the only female captain at the State Correctional Institution Pittsburgh has settled her sex discrimination case against state officials, according to documents received today by the Post-Gazette.

Pamela K. Teeter, 52, sued the prison last year after, she said, she was marginalized, bypassed by less-experienced men and driven into retirement.

The state settled the case for $20,000 and agreed to pay the $3,000 fee of a mediator.

Ms. Teeter, who worked in the prison for 26 years, said today that she was the daylight shift commander, supervising 200 officers, at one point.

Then Superintendent Melvin Lockett and others at the prison removed her from that prestigious post and replaced her with less experienced male captains, she said. Superiors and subordinates made decisions behind her back, sabotaged her efforts and "would just scream at me on the phone," she said.

She retired in 2011.

"It's my goal to inspire and encourage women to advance in their careers at the Department of Corrections," said Ms. Teeter.

The settlement indicates that the state doesn't admit any liability. A Department of Corrections spokeswoman could not be immediately reached.


Rich Lord: rlord@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1542. Twitter: @richelord.


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