Cerro Gordo County Employee Suing Sheriff's Department

Posted at: 11/29/2012 4:09 PM
Updated at: 11/29/2012 6:20 PM
By: Laura Lee

 (ABC 6 News) -- We are following a developing case out of Cerro Gordo County. A former employee of the Cerro Gordo Sheriffs Office is suing the department including the jail administrator and the sheriff for sexual discrimination.

Tammy Simmers was a correctional officer with Cerro Gordo County. Last August she was terminated for statements made to another co-worker about how she was treated on her Facebook page.

Simmer claims she worked in a very hostile environment and was mistreated by her management Jail Administrator Shad Stoeffler and Cerro Gordo County Sheriff Kevin Pals.

She claims her termination was in part because of her gender. The complaint alleges that Stoeffler would required Simmer to sign a medical release form, threatening termination, because Simmer had migraines and could not work overtime.

Simmer also claims Stoeffler would question whether or not she was having an affair with another co-worker telling her he looked down on affairs. The complaint also details incidents where Simmer was threatened with discipline and loss of wages if she did not complete certain assignments.

She also says male employees were allowed certain privileges and treated better than female employees. According to court documents, all of this took place under the supervision of Sheriff pals and nothing was done about her complaints.

Simmers is suing for loss of wages and benefits and emotional damages as well as back pay.

We spoke with the Cerro County Sheriff's Office and because this is an ongoing case, Sheriff Pals declined to make a comment.

Stay with ABC 6 News as we continue to follow this case.