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Ex-sheriff’s office employee files discrimination suit

January 15, 2020 GMT

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — A former staff assistant has filed a federal lawsuit against the Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office and her former supervisor alleging sex discrimination and retaliation.

Kimberly Losada resigned from her job in August after nearly 15 years with the Parole and Probation Division, The Astorian reported.

In a lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Portland, she alleges that Lt. Kristen Hanthorn, who leads the division, subjected her to bullying, harassment, discrimination and retaliation based on her sex.

Losada, who lives in Naselle, Washington, says Hanthorn’s hostile and discriminatory behavior took a toll on her psychologically and physically.

She alleges the county took no effective action in ending Hanthorn’s behavior, even after investigations by the sheriff’s office and the county’s human resources department, which she says confirmed her allegations.

Losada is seeking $425,000 in economic losses and emotional damages.

Hanthorn and the county declined to comment on the lawsuit.