Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

May 11, 2012

Discrimination claim filed against GPD

Former dispatcher breaks silence

By SUSAN TEBBEN
Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — A former dispatcher for the Glasgow Police Department has filed an employment discrimination claim against the department for alleged sexual harassment and retaliation, according to official documents.

Deana Owens, who was with the GPD for three years, said she had never had a written reprimand with the department. She received three verbal reprimands for minor offenses, but did not have a written note of discipline in her record, which she provided to the Daily Times.

On Jan. 30, Owens received a letter from Chief Guy Turcotte, delivered by officers to her home, that she had been terminated.

“No reason was given in the letter. When I requested my employee file it was found that I was terminated for insubordination; for posting a note on a board at work and for not providing the chief the name of the coworker who gave me the note,” Owens stated in her official complaint to the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, filed April 17.

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