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Contempt Request Turned Down

A federal judge in Oakland has turned down a request to find the secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture in contempt of court.

Thousands of female Forest Service employees in California made the request. They accuse the Forest Service of dragging its feet in complying with a court-approved settlement agreement.

The original plaintiffs in the case say the Forest Service is not investigating sexual harassment complaints and workplace retaliations. A federal judge Friday afternoon turned down the contempt request. Instead, he ordered a meeting between the two sides to discuss the problems.