Harford deputy files suit claiming sexual harassment

January 15, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Former Harford County Sheriff Joseph P. Meadows, who resigned last year under the cloud of a criminal investigation by the state prosecutor, was named in a $14 million civil lawsuit filed yesterday on behalf of a former female co-worker who says he sexually harassed her.

Jeanette Gamble of Bel Air, a deputy in the sheriff's office since 1986, alleges in the federal suit that she was subjected to an abusive work environment for more than two years as a result of Meadows' advances.

The sexual harassment suit contains seven counts, each seeking compensatory damages of $1 million and punitive damages of $1 million. Meadows is named in all seven counts. The sheriff's office and the Harford County government are named in three counts, and the state is named in one.

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