The Clarion-Ledger reported today on a $150,000 jury verdict rendered several weeks ago for police officer Shirley Johnson in a Holmes County sexual discrimination case against the City of Belzoni. Here is the article. I had not previously heard about this verdict.
The articles states:
Two weeks ago, a Humphreys County Circuit Court jury awarded police officer Shirley Johnson $50,000 each from the city, Police Chief Mickey Foxworth and officer David James.
Johnson filed the lawsuit in 2006.
Johnson alleged she was harassed by James and that the chief didn’t do anything about her complaint.
Plaintiff’s attorney Craig Panter of Madison described the case as including a gender discrimination claim:
"It was a bigger issue than just sexual harassment; it was gender discrimination," Panter said Tuesday.
The City of Belzoni filed a motion for judgment not withstanding the verdict and plans to appeal if the motion is denied.