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BCA files suit against state

KSTP reported that an agent with teh Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has filed a federal whistleblower lawsuit. Denise Bechtold, claimed she was punished for reporting that some colleagues padded their time sheets and for complaining about not being promoted because of her gender.

Bechtold filed her lawsuit Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis. The defendants include the state, former BCA superintendent and current Commissioner of Public Safety Michael Campion, and Timothy O'Malley, the BCA's current superintendent.

Bechtold is seeking $75,000 in compensatory damages, at least $100,000 in punitive damages, and legal costs. She also wants to be given a job that she would have been given if there had been no retaliation or discrimination.