- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 18, 2016

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A Sacramento jury has ruled in favor of four female sheriff’s deputies who say their superiors retaliated against them for speaking out against discrimination in their ranks.

The Sacramento Bee reports (https://bit.ly/1THyWOE ) that the deputies’ attorneys say higher-ups retaliated against them with internal affairs investigations, punitive transfers and denied promotions.

Jurors rejected the arguments of the sheriff’s attorneys, who said performance, not payback, held back one plaintiff’s career. The attorneys also denied complaints that Undersheriff Erik Maness gave preferential treatment to a deputy close to him.

The deputies’ lead attorney, Jerry Chong, says the verdict is a “total vindication for these women.”

Sheriff’s lead attorney Nancy Sheehan, however, says she is “befuddled” by the decision. It could have lasting ramifications for the department.

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Information from: The Sacramento Bee, https://www.sacbee.com

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