Harford deputy sues to get back job with dog unit

March 08, 1997|By Lisa Respers | Lisa Respers,SUN STAFF

A Harford County sheriff's deputy, claiming he was removed from his job for demanding overtime pay, has filed suit in federal court to be reinstated with the police dog unit.

The suit in U.S. District Court in Baltimore stems from a federal lawsuit in which Deputy Edward Keplin claimed that the Sheriff's Office violated his rights under federal labor laws by refusing to pay him for taking care of his dog after work.

A lawyer for Keplin said that as a result of the earlier suit, Keplin was transferred to another unit in June 1995. The suit was settled last May with an agreement by the Sheriff's Office to pay Keplin an $8,000 lump-sum payment.

"We feel that Deputy Keplin was transferred because he raised the issue of his rights and the back pay," said Michael T. Leibig, his lawyer. "At the time of the settlement the only issue that was not taken care of was whether he would be sent back to his job, and he still has not been."

Sgt. Edward Hopkins, spokesman for the Sheriff's Office, said yesterday that Sheriff Joseph P. Meadows was unaware of the suit and had not been served with it.

Pub Date: 3/08/97

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