- Associated Press - Friday, May 13, 2016

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) - A former jailer has sued Hall County, alleging bias against women on the part of the former corrections director and his assistant.

The Grand Island Independent reports (http://bit.ly/1rJvCfA ) the lawsuit was filed Wednesday on behalf of former corrections Sgt. Debb Rea. In the lawsuit, Rea seeks her old job, back pay and an unspecified amount of compensatory and punitive damages.

Hall County Attorney Jack Zitterkopf said he had no comment about the lawsuit.

The lawsuit says female employees were subjected to harsher discipline and referred to in an offensive manner.

Rea sent a letter to the Hall County Board of Supervisors last summer detailing her concerns about the jail management. The board launched an investigation and ultimately fired Corrections Director Fred Ruiz and Assistant Director Jimmy Vann on Aug. 20.

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Information from: The Grand Island Independent, http://www.theindependent.com

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