Sherwood Voice: Sherwood female detectives file sexual discrimination complaints against city

While some may think this is a “slow” news day, the worldwide network of snoops, snitches, and busybodies who keep my insatiable need for fresh news under control have come through again. Hats off to Stephens Media Group and the Sherwood Voice.

Veteran Sherwood police detective Beverly Hughes filed a sexual discrimination suit against the Sherwood Police Department last week after she said she was fired for reporting an incident of sexual harassment.

The sergeant who told Hughes and other Sherwood officers about his sexual dream involving her in lurid details received a seven-day suspension for his actions,  according to Sherwood police Chief Kevlin Nicholson, who said Hughes was fired for insubordination.

Six other female officers have been fired under his five-year tenure and another forced to resign while the same number of men were fired and forced to resign, Nicholson said.

Hughes, who began her law enforcement career as a police officer in 1995, filed a sexual discrimination lawsuit with the U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on July 29.
Pam Hopkins, the officer who was forced to resign, also filed a complaint with the EEOC, according to Robert Newcomb of Little Rock, the attorney re presenting her and Hughes. The other women who were fired included Heather Knesley, Lisa Owens, Sheila Jarrett, Ann Robinson, Sandra Dreh and Mary Henker, Nicholson said.

The story will be online Friday here.

About patlynch
I am a broadcaster in Arkansas, a former freelance writer and political columnist in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Writing Coach. Speaker. Director of the Christian Foundations for Ministry program, and presently enrolled in the Anglican School of Ministry Master of Ministry program.

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