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Update: Sheriff Darr returns to court in discrimination lawsuit

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COLUMBUS, Ga. -

Muscogee County Sheriff John Darr was back in federal court Monday over a disputed verdict stemming from a gender discrimination lawsuit this summer.

After 20 hours of deliberating in August, a jury found Darr and his team did discriminate against two women in 2010 when the deputies were denied promotions. However, the women were awarded no financial compensation and did not receive a promotion. The women were back in court Monday asking for such things.

The judge said he would post his ruling in 9 days, at 10 a.m. on November 27. This gives enough time for both sides to potentially reach a settlement.

The two female deputies asked for equitable relief from the discrimination. They've requested promotions, back pay, and reimbursement for attorney fees. The deputies' attorney, Ed Buckley, says he is optimistic about the judge's ruling next Wednesday.

"We feel pretty good so far. The judge sent us a signal that he wants to make some equitable findings in favor of our clients so I think that's a good sign," says Buckley.

Sheriff Darr told News 3 after the hearing on Monday that he maintains his side of the story.

"I know that I've never discriminated against anybody," says Darr. "People that know me, know I've never discriminated against anybody regardless of sex or race, and God knows I've never discriminated against anybody."

A settlement would likely end all appeals in the 2-year case. If the two sides reach an agreement, city council would have to approve it.

The judge said he would not consider the back pay, but the promotions and attorney fees would be considered in his ruling next Wednesday.

 

James Brierton

James joined WRBL News 3 with experience from CNN, NBC News and his own hyper-local news site. He manages the WRBL News 3 Web desk. More>>

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