A former Tyndall Air Force Base engineer, who suffered gender discrimination and retaliation for her support of other women’s cases, has been awarded almost a million dollars by a Panama City federal court jury.
The $975,000 judgment against the Air Force was granted to Bridgett Keegan Friday evening by an eight member jury.
Keegan, from Bonifay, worked as an environmental engineer at Tyndall.
Her problems began after she testified on behalf of other females who had filed gender discrimination or sexual harassment complaints.
Keegan, who has a doctorate in environmental engineering and 28 years of federal service, was passed over for supervisory positions, which went instead to far less qualified male applicants.
In one case, the male who won the job, did not even have an engineering degree. Keegan eventually had to leave what she felt was a hostile work environment created by her male supervisor.
Judge Richard Smoak presided over the two day trial.