Former deputy sues Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office for job discrimination

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There are claims of discrimination by the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office by a former employee. 

Two former deputies with the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office said they were called racial slurs while working for the office and believe the treatment is still happening.

So far the only one has taken legal action against the sheriff’s office.

Former Beaufort Sheriff Deputy Michael Sheppard filed a lawsuit against the sheriff’s office last week accusing them of job discrimination in violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. 

In the lawsuit which 9 on your side has obtained, its states discrimination happened between October 2016 and February 2017.    

Sheppard said he did file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission of retaliation after reporting that a coworker was being called racist names. 

He said is why he was fired.

Documents show the EEOC did find the sheriff’s office in violation of retaliation. 

Sheriff Ernie Coleman, Chief deputy Charlie Rose, Lt. Kelly Cox, and Sgt. William Ragland are named in the lawsuit. 

Chief Deputy Rose said he’s unaware of the lawsuit.   

Another former sheriff deputy plans to file a lawsuit against the office claiming racial discrimination. The man, who wants to remain anonymous, said he started working for the sheriff’s office in July 2015 and experienced a racially charged hostile work environment.

He said there were several incidents that happened which he reported to human resources but nothing happened instead he said the office retaliated. 

We will continue to follow this story and update you as more information is released. 

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