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The state Department of Children and Families has settled a lawsuit with a male employee who said that he was repeatedly passed over for a promotion by less qualified women.

Lewis Shocket, of Egg Harbor Township, received a settlement of $17,500 from the department after he filed numerous complaints to his union that “less qualified” women were sometimes being promoted to positions that he interviewed for and that the department’s Atlantic County office “systematically promote females to Supervisory Positions over male employees.”

In the lawsuit, Shocket said that in 2009 he interviewed for the position of Supervising Family Services Specialist II, but was passed over despite getting one of the highest scores on the Civil Services Test. He also said that he interviewed for the position again in 2010 but was passed over despite being the highest ranked person on the civil services list.

Shocket said that this occurred 10 times. 

Shocket also claimed in the lawsuit that he had suffered severe emotional distress and mental anguish and damage to his reputation as a result of all this.

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