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Report: Congressman Walden Secretly Settled Disabled Vet's Complaint

The Oregonian/OregonLive reported Thursday that Walden of Hood River settled with Cody Standiford in 2013.

Posted: Jan 5, 2018 11:51 AM
Updated: Jan 5, 2018 2:19 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Records show Oregon Congressman Greg Walden paid $7,000 in a secret settlement with a staff member to resolve the man's complaints that Walden unfairly cut his hours because of health-related problems.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reported Thursday that Walden of Hood River settled with Cody Standiford in 2013.

Standiford provided the newspaper with the settlement and complaint documents.

A spokesman for Walden didn't immediately return a request for comment.

Standiford started working for Walden in 2010 after being discharged from the Army because of an improvised explosive device in Iraq.

Standiford's complaint says he worked as a veteran outreach coordinator but a promotion was rescinded after he missed two weeks of work for chest pains.

He said Thursday that he broke the settlement's nondisclosure agreement not to disparage Walden but to shed light on the fact that members of Congress spend taxpayer funds on settlements.

Representative Walden issued a statement on this story: 

“I’ve never discriminated against an employee, and did not do so in this case. My office, working with counsel, agreed to this settlement to avoid protracted and expensive litigation. Cody’s decision to violate the terms of the agreement he signed speaks for itself. I know I’m not the only employer who has faced this situation. As much as I’d love to respond further, I, for one, will continue to abide by the terms of the agreement and, therefore, I cannot say anything else.”

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