Deputy says her campaign for sheriff a factor in discrimination
Chelan County Sheriff’s Deputy Jennifer Tyler has filed a $1 million legal claim against the county alleging Sheriff’s Office personnel retaliated against her for her successful lawsuit last March against the county.
Tyler, who was placed on leave this week as undisclosed allegations against her are investigated, also claims she was retaliated against for her unsuccessful campaign for sheriff in the November election.
A copy of Tyler’s claim was provided to news outlets by her attorney.
In March, Tyler was awarded more than $500,000 in a lawsuit that also claimed retaliation. Prior to that she had been terminated by the sheriff’s department, only to be reinstated after an arbitrator’s ruling.
In her new claim, Tyler alleges, among other things, that Sheriff Brian Burnett sent a department-wide email after the March ruling, saying he disagreed with the verdict. This, she said, emboldened those who had discriminated against her and harassed her to resume that behavior, according to The Wenatchee World.
The claim further states that she was placed on paid leave pending four internal investigations in retaliation for suing the department, running for sheriff and participating in union activities.