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Students walk to and from the University of Wyoming Union building during winter break in Laramie.

LARAMIE (WNE) —Attorneys for the University of Wyoming and a former employee who sued the institution told Wyoming’s federal district court Tuesday they expect to reach a settlement agreement in an ongoing lawsuit.

The settlement would bring an end to the dispute between Mandy Davis, former HR manager for the UW Foundation, and her former employer.

UW spokesman Chad Baldwin and Davis’s attorney, Megan Hayes, both declined comment.

A hearing in the case before U.S. District Court Judge Alan Johnson was scheduled for Tuesday, but then was cancelled after the court was informed of the settlement.

Attorneys have until Jan. 3 to finalized a settlement and file for dismissal.

The lawsuit stems from a June 2015 incident, when Davis hired an employee — the most qualified candidate — who had an apparent physical disability. Foundation CEO Ben Blalock apparently took issue with the hiring and Davis was allegedly told to not hire another “retard.”

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The lawsuit’s defendants denied that claim.

Davis filed a discrimination complaint, and six months later, Davis was laid off as part of a Foundation reorganization.

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