Pa. state police clerk's suit on inappropriate workplace comments sent to federal court

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A Smithton woman who works as a Pennsylvania State Police clerk was subjected to sexual comments and threatening behavior, according to a lawsuit that was transferred to U.S. District Court today.

Kimberly Davis, 32, was hired by the state in 2010 and worked at the Southwest Training Center in Greensburg, according to the complaint by attorney Susan Mahood, and was subjected to sexist remarks, comments on the sexual desires of other women and threats by a male employee to strike her with a metal object and shock her with a Taser. When she complained, according to the lawsuit, an investigation sustained her allegations, but the primary perpetrator was not significantly disciplined.

“They adjudicated it founded, but then they didn’t transfer him,” said Ms. Mahood. “They just left him there. And then when she tried to make a further complaint, they said she didn’t have a complaint.”

Meanwhile Ms. Davis’ performance review was downgraded, according to the complaint. Ms. Davis continues to work for the police, according to Ms. Mahood. She demands compensatory and punitive damages.

A Pennsylvania State Police spokesperson could not be immediately reached for comment.

The lawsuit was filed in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas but transferred to federal court by the state attorney general because it implicates federal rights. Ms. Mahood said she will try to return it to Common Pleas Court.


Rich Lord: rlord@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1542 or on Twitter @richelord. First Published January 21, 2014 1:29 PM

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