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Defendants ask judge to dismiss Madison County Sheriff's Office sex harassment lawsuits

Shelby Holt and Marina Garcia are two of four people who have sued the sheriff's office in connection with alleged sexual harassment.

Posted: Apr 11, 2018 1:55 PM

Attorneys for the Madison County Commission and Madison County Sheriff's Office have asked a federal judge to dismiss two sexual harassment lawsuits.

Court documents filed last week in U.S. District Court asked a judge to dismiss complaints by Shelby Holt and Marina Garcia.

Holt, who was a Madison County Sheriff's Office deputy, claims she was sexually harassed by a sergeant in the sheriff's office and had nude photographs circulated of her. She claims she was fired after reporting the harassment. 

Garcia, an investigator with the sheriff's office, claims she was subjected to sexual and racial discrimination, as well as harassment and a hostile work environment.

Attorneys for the sheriff's office and county commission claim the lawsuits should be dismissed for several reasons, including a claim that there was no violation of the law.

Holt and Garcia's attorney have to respond to the motions to dismiss by April 20, according to a judge's order. 

There are two other sexual harassment-related cases currently in court involving the Madison County Sheriff's Office.

Erica Cagle claims there was a pattern of sexual harassment while she worked there. 

Deputy Gregory Gray sued after he said he was retaliated against for trying to get help for Holt.

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