Women officers treated differently, says former Travis County Sheriff’s Office detective

FILE - Travis County Sheriff's Office (KXAN File Photo)
FILE - Travis County Sheriff's Office (KXAN File Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A former Travis County Sheriff’s Office detective is suing the agency for claims of discrimination against woman officers and that she was wrongly terminated.

The lawsuit states between 2012 and 2013 Carri Turner, who served with the Travis County Sheriff’s Office for more than 22 years, complained that, “woman officers were being treated differently from male employees at TCSO.”

The court documents go on to say that when nothing was done, Turner brought the issues to Sheriff Greg Hamilton’s attention on Jan. 10, 2014 and also to the Internal Affairs Division.

“After making these complaints, in good faith,” Turner was treated worse and with more hostility according to court documents. The seven page law suit states that she was told to drop the complaints or, “they will be out for blood.”

In May 2014, Turner suffered kidney failure and had to undergo surgery to get her right kidney removed, according to the lawsuit.  She said she asked for time off and had previously asked for sick and medical leave. Turner’s attorney says she told her employer in January 2014 about her health issues and filed paperwork for extended leave but was fired on July 21, 2014. The plaintiff believes the TCSO violated the Chapter 21 of the Texas Labor Code.

The lawsuit goes on to say Turner was, “harassed, retaliated against, and terminated for reasons that were pretextual and would not have lead to the termination of an employee who did not have such a disability and/or had not requested a reasonable accommodation.”

She’s asking for her job back and seeking between $200,000 and $1 million in damages.

KXAN News reached out to the Travis County Sheriff’s Office and they released a statement saying, “As is standard in all lawsuits involving the Sheriff’s Office, we will not discuss the case before it goes to court.”

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