Sheriff's Department Slapped With $9M Lawsuit
A suspended corrections officer is suing Jefferson County and members of the sheriff's department for $9 million, saying she was the victim of sexual harassment and discrimination.
Read the entire lawsuit (the specific allegations can be found beginning on page 8)
County Attorney Dave Paulsen said, "We do not feel there is any merit to the allegations of discrimination."
This isn't the first time the sheriff's department has come under fire amid allegations of sexual harassment and employee misconduct.
Some of the personnel problems at the sheriff's department include:
- Deputy Adam Hallett was suspended for having an open alcoholic beverage container in his patrol car. Another deputy is also facing discipline in that case.
- A nurse at the county jail resigned after she admitted to improperly accessing someone's medical records.
- The county faces legal action filed by Deputy Krystal Rice that focuses on revealing photos of Rice that were allegedly taken for a pedophilia sting, and which she claims were misused.
- Jefferson County Undersheriff Andy Neff retired following accusations that he sexually harassed an Adams Center woman.
Thursday, March 5, 2015, Watertown, NY
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