The Clarion-Ledger reported Monday on a January 7, 2011 jury verdict of $38,000 in a gender discrimination case by Mary Beth Watt against the Miss. Dept. of Wildlife. The verdict was in the federal district court in Jackson.
The article states:
Mary Beth Watt, hired in January 2008, said she was fired about six months after she complained about gender discrimination.When Watt, now 33, began working with Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, there were 185 male law enforcement officers, referred to as conservation officers, at the time.
After completing her training, Watt was first assigned to Noxubee County, then reassigned to Hinds County. Watt said she was reassigned in order to make her job circumstances difficult and to pressure her to resign, according to court records.
Watt alleged she was the only academy graduate to be sent to a different county. She also said that as a single parent of a young child the transfer presented a hardship.
Believing that her transfer was because of gender discrimination, Watt complained to DWFP Commissioner Charles Rigdon and state Sen. Terry Brown.
The department then terminated Watt in a letter dated July 24, 2008, "on the grounds that she had ‘gone outside the chain of command.’ "
That does sound like a b.s. reason for firing someone.
Here is the Plaintiff’s Complaint in the case.
Plaintiff can now recover attorney’s fees as the prevailing party in a discrimination case. That presumably could substantially increase the State’s total liability.
Plaintiff also plans to file a motion to require the Department to reinstate her to her old job.
Jim Waide and Rachel Pierce of Tupelo represented the Plaintiff. Peter Cleveland of the A.G.’s office represented the State.