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O'Donnell was fired by ISI on Feb. 26, 2004, after she complained to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that she was the victim of gender discrimination, according to court filings. O'Donnell sued ISI in U.S. District Court in 2005, alleging she was fired in retaliation for complaining to the EEOC. In her suit, O'Donnell sought back pay, future pay and punitive damages.
ISI countered that O'Donnell was running a for-profit public-relations business while on the clock.
In January 2008, O'Donnell dropped the lawsuit against ISI, saying at the time she could no longer afford an attorney.
Established in 1953, ISI was founded to encourage the "values and institutions that sustain a free and virtuous society." William F. Buckley was the group's first president.
O'Donnell's history with ISI has not become a major story in the way that her personal finances have. But one wonders how many conservative voters would be surprised to learn the Tea Party candidate in Delaware sued a conservative group for gender discrimination.
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