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Sacramento County to Appeal Multi-Million Dollar Verdict Against Sheriff's Dept.



Late this afternoon the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors voted to appeal a $3.5 million in damages awarded in a jury trial to a group of female Sacramento County Deputy Sheriffs.

“It’s our fiduciary duty to the taxpayers to pursue any avenue that could reduce the cost of judgment and set the stage for any future actions that may be necessary,” Roberta MacGlashan, Chair of the Board of Supervisors said. “Pursuing appellate review may provide a better result for the County.”

The May, 2016 civil jury verdict agreed with claims of retaliation within the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department by one former and three female deputies Dawn Douglas, Annica Hagadorn, Jodi Mendonca and Tracie Keillor. They asserted in the suit, which was filed in 2010, that they were subjected to a hostile work environment and harassment after complaints about undersheriff Eric Manness showing preferential treatment to another female deputy sheriff under his command

The deadline to file the appeal is August 17 at 4 p.m. Missing the deadline would prevent the County from taking any legal actions in the future.

This is still an active case for the County, as work continues on a pending worker’s compensation case with Keillor. The law firm Porter Scott will continue to handle future actions on this matter.

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