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Sexual Harassment and Retaliatory Termination Nets $275,000

A female Ohio jail guard was awarded $275,000 for sexual harassment and wrongful, retaliatory termination.

Michelle Hendricks began working as a jail guard for the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office in 1998. In January, 2002, a coworker handcuffed her to a chair in the jail control room and fondled himself. Three weeks later, Hendricks reported the incident to a chief deputy in charge of the jail. She began to be harassed by other employees, which she reported to the Sheriff in September, 2002. Soon thereafter, she was fired for insubordination.

Hendricks sued in federal court, alleging sexual harassment and retaliation. A jury found for Hendricks, awarding her $160,000 in compensatory damages, $75,000 in back pay, and $40,000 in punitive damages, totaling $275,000. Hendricks was represented by Stephen E. Imm, of Cincinnati, Ohio. See: Hendricks v. Office of the Clermont County Sheriff, U.S.D.C . (W.D. Oh. 2006), 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 73393.

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Hendricks v. Office of the Clermont County Sheriff