WASHINGTON — Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, settled a 2014 sexual harassment claim lodged by a former employee, two sources tell NBC News, a revelation that represents the first taxpayer-funded settlement of its kind that has so far been made public. Farenthold's former communications director, Lauren Greene, brought the complaint against him for sexual harassment, discrimination and a hostile work environment. Both parties agreed to settle out of court in 2015. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, leaves a meeting in the Capitol in 2015. Bill Clark / CQ Roll Call via AP Rep. Gregg Harper of Mississippi, the top Republican on the House Administration Committee, told House Republicans on Friday morning in a closed-door meeting that the Office of Compliance had made just one settlement for sexual harassment complaints, in the amount of $84,000 since 2012. Two sources familiar with the case confirmed to NBC News that that settlement was for the complaint against Farenthold. That the congressman involved was Farenthold was first reported by Politico. “While I 100% support more transparency with respect to claims against members of Congress, I can neither confirm nor deny that settlement involved my office as the Congressional Accountability Act prohibits me from answering that question,” Farenthold said in a statement. House Speaker Paul Ryan is not calling on Farenthold to step down. “The speaker talked to Rep. Farenthold earlier today. The speaker has made clear any report of sexual harassment is deeply troubling, and those who feel mistreated or violated deserve to have their stories taken seriously," Ryan spokesperson AshLee Strong said in a statement. "In this instance, the independent Office of Congressional Ethics investigated this claim and unanimously votedto dismiss it. Still, there are important questions to answer, including the use of taxpayer dollars for settlements. We will continue our efforts to reform this settlement system.” Related: Conyers hospitalized, Pelosi calls on him to resign amid scandal But despite the Office of Congressional Ethics recommendation to to dismiss the case, the House Ethics Committee opened an investigation, which is still