By MELINDA DESLATTE, Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The legal settlement ending a sexual harassment lawsuit against Louisiana's former secretary of state includes no admission of guilt and a gag clause to keep those involved from talking about it.

Tom Schedler and the female former employee who accused him of harassment agreed to terms in August that involved a $167,500 payment to the woman and no acknowledgment of liability from Schedler.

All participants in negotiations are barred from talking to the media about the settlement.

The Division of Administration, a state agency involved in resolving the legal claims, provided settlement documents Wednesday to The Associated Press after releasing payment figures last week.

Louisiana taxpayers are paying $149,075 to end the litigation, while Schedler is paying $18,425.

Schedler, a Republican, resigned as Louisiana's chief elections official in May.

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