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Police Gender Bias

Wenatchee, WA: (Mar-20-08) Kimberly L. Collier, a former Chelan County Sheriff's Office civil employee, brought a lawsuit against Chelan County, alleging that she faced gender discrimination while on the job. Collier brought the suit in Grant County Superior Court in 2005 after resigning from the sheriff's office. She claimed that she was not hired as a field deputy because she was a woman.

The lawsuit claimed that in 2004, Collier was told by Sheriff Mike Harum that he and his administration did not like her attitude and that they would never hire her as a field deputy. Harum stated that there are four female field deputies out of about 67 commissioned law enforcement officers, making women about 6%of all officers. Reports show that nationally, in 2003, women made up about 9% of all sworn personnel in sheriff's offices.

Sources stated that the two sides had agreed to resolve the dispute and had entered into a settlement agreement, in which Chelan County agreed to pay Collier $145,000. The county and sheriff's office admit no wrongdoing as part of the settlement, but agreed to it to avoid the costs and risks associated with protracted litigation. [THE WENATCHEE WORLD: GENDER DISCRIMINATION SUIT AGAINST SHERIFF'S OFFICE SETTLED FOR $145,000.]


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Published on Mar-22-08


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