The Courier Post recently picked up on an issue uncovered by the NJ Libertarian Party Open Government Taskforce.

LAWNSIDE — The borough and a local police officer have settled a discrimination suit for $350,000, court papers show.

Carmen Chapman, who became Lawnside's first female police officer in 2002, alleged in her federal suit that she was harassed by a superior and that she faced "irrational and arbitrary" discipline. Chapman also contended she was treated differently than other officers, notably after sustaining a disabling knee injury.

Carmen's complaint and the settlement were posted online by the Jersey Libertarian Party's Open Government Advocacy Project.

John Paff, a representative of the project, said the settlement requires both Chapman and the borough to refrain from disclosing the agreement's terms.

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