State pays former employee $85,000 in free speech case

ANCHORAGE (AP) – The state has agreed to settle for $85,000 with a former employee whose job application was rejected because she supported the recall of Gov. Mike Dunleavy.

The out-of-court settlement was announced April 26 by the Alaska chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, which represented Keren Lowell, a former employee for the Alaska State Council on the Arts.

Lowell worked for the arts council in 2019 when Dunleavy vetoed the organization’s funding, causing Lowell to lose her job. She then became involved in the effort to recall the governor.

When the Legislature restored the a...


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