Chief appeals ruling on officer's lawsuit

April 09, 2006|By LAURA CADIZ

Howard County Police Chief Wayne Livesay has appealed a federal judge's ruling to allow a lawsuit to proceed that claims a female officer was sexually harassed while working in the Police Department.

The appeal, which will be heard by the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, was filed Friday, according to Livesay's spokeswoman, Sherry Llewellyn.

In a suit filed in U.S. District Court in October, Officer Susan Ensko claimed the department tolerated a sexually charged culture that included pornography displayed on work computers, sexual insults and harassment for women who complained.

On March 22, U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles Jr. denied Livesay and the county's request to dismiss the case.

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