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$35,000 Award In Indiana Prison Guard Gender Discrimination Suit

On April 18, 2002 an Indiana federal jury awarded Johnana Horn, a prison
lieutenant at the Wabash Valley Prison, a $35,000 verdict for gender
discrimination by her employer the Department Of Corrections (DOC). In 1998
Horn was working the night shift at the prison as a lieutenant. She had
made several requests to transfer to the day shift so she could spend time
with her disabled son. In 1999 Horn was passed over for the day shift and
the position was given to a newly appointed male lieutenant who did not
have seniority, she complained to the prison captain and he called her a
"whiner". Horn was forced to take a lower paying job during the day in
accounting at the prison so she could take care of her son. Horn then filed
a law suit for gender discrimination, seeking lost wages and humiliation
damages. The DOC argued that Horn was not discriminated against and that
there was no seniority system in place to begin with. A federal jury in
Terre Haute awarded Horn a $35,048 judgment. Johnana Horn was represented
by Robert P. Kondras, Jr., Hunt Hassler & Lorenz. See: Horn v. Indiana
Department Of Corrections, USDC Terre Haute, Indiana, Case No: 01-CV-47.

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Horn v. Indiana Department Of Corrections