Deputy Alleges Years of Sexual Harassment From Sheriff
DOWNTOWN JACKSON -- The deputy that filed a temporary protection of order against Madison County Sheriff David Woolfork is now alleging years of sexual harassment from the sheriff.
According to her attorney, Deputy Sharon Sangster is filing a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Deborah Goodwin, Sangster's attorney, claims that since her client's hiring in March of 2011, Sangster has been the victim of sexual harassment and sex discrimination inflicted by Sheriff Woolfork.
Goodwin faxed over a letter stating her intentions to file charges with the EEOC to Madison County attorney, Steve Maroney, last Friday. The letter came just 18 hours after the police responded to the disturbance call at Sangster's home on October 10.
Maroney says he's received no confirmation from the federal agency that a claim has actually been filed.
Goodwin's letter reads, "[Woolfork] has conditioned terms and conditions of [Sangster's] employment on sexual favors and has physically and mentally harassed her to the point that she is not able to continue to work in this sexually hostile working environment at this time."
Maroney says he will request that the county commission OK the hiring of outside council to conduct the investigation.
WBBJ contacted the EEOC Thursday, but was told the agency is prohibited by law from confirming the existence of a claim.
Woolfork's attorney told WBBJ that they do not believe there is any basis for Sangster's claim.
The county human resources department confirms they've received all required paperwork from Sangster for her "Family Medical Leave Act" request but could not say if it has been granted.
So far, Woolfork has not been charged with any wrongdoing.