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Jailhouse sex, alleged pay-back lead to lawsuit in Caldwell

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in Employment Law,Human Resources

A former Caldwell County corrections officer has filed a discrimination and whistle-blower lawsuit claiming that she lost her job after telling a supervisor she had seen two co-workers having sex in the county jail.

Katharina Harper’s lawsuit claims her subsequent demotion and termination were in retaliation for her report.

According to the suit, in May 2009, Harper saw two workers “engaged in lewd sexual acts” and reported it to her supervisor. He sent her home early that day and, two days later, allegedly wrote her up for reporting the incident. Then she says she was demoted for insubordination and suspended.

In her lawsuit, Harper argues that her co-workers joked that her demotion was a “result of disrupting the ‘good old boy’ status quo.”

Then things got even uglier, according to Harper, who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. She alleges that two months later, the county asked her to disclose details about her disability. When Harper provided medical documentation, she was fired.

According to the lawsuit, Caldwell County Sheriff Daniel Law issued a memorandum stating that Harper had been fired for failing to disclose her medical history on her employment application.

Harper’s lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.

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