Monday, June 15, 2009

Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Against Harrison County Sheriff Settled For $375,000

The Justice Department today announced a settlement in the sexual harassment case brought against Harrison County Sheriff George Deatrick (D) in his official capacity. Harrison County, under the terms of a consent decree, will be required to pay two former female employees of the Sheriff's office $375,000 and agree to an annual training program and an EEO monitor to ensure compliance with laws preventing sex discrimination and retaliation.

Two former female employees of the office alleged that there were subjected to sexual harassment by the Sheriff and co-workers who touched them in a sexual and offensive manner and directed sexually-charged comments to them. After the two women filed a sexual discrimination complaint with the EEOC, the two women say Sheriff Deatrick brandished a gun at them to intimidate them.

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