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$26,000 Settlement in Wrongful Discharge by Seattle Jail

Washington State’s King County Jail paid $26,252.44 to settle the lawsuit of Rosaline Deede, who claimed she was retaliated against and wrongfully discharged from her position as a guard at the jail.

She had reported that for a considerable period of time prior to February 2003 there were significant security problems at the jail, including guards not performing routine duties or functions, including proper security checks, name checks, headcounts and recording or tracking prisoner movements.

When Capt. Randy Kempton disclosed her claims to Sergeants Hubl, Jones and Bliss, they retaliated against Deede by threatening her with loss of employment, labeled her a snitch and spread this out to other guards. As a result, her physical and psychological safety was put in jeopardy. She agreed not to return to the jail.

Represented by the Woodinville law firm of Phillips & Webster, Deede settled the claim for $25,000 in damages and $1,252.44 in costs. An order approving the settlement agreement and dismissing the case was signed on January 30, 2006. The documents related to this case are available on PLN’s website. See: Deede v. King County, et al., King Co. Supr. Ct., No. 04-2-27955-1 SEA.

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Deede v. King County, et al.

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