Commonwealth Journal

January 15, 2014

EEOC complaint pending against county

Complaint was filed last year by interim director of animal shelter

by Heather Tomlinson
Commonwealth Journal

Somerset —

An employment discrimination complaint, filed by the interim director of the Pulaski County Animal Shelter, is pending against Pulaski County government. 
According to insurance documents provided by the county through an open records request to the Commonwealth Journal, Charlotte Bray filed a complaint in early 2013 with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) alleging discrimination and sexual retaliation.
The case is categorized as “open” by One Beacon Insurance, which has been covering the county since Pulaski County Fiscal Court voted last fall to transfer its coverage from Traveler’s Insurance to One Beacon.
Bray is currently working as the animal shelter’s interim director after former director Darren Wesley resigned in mid-December 2013. Pulaski County Judge-executive Barty Bullock said Bray has been at the animal shelter since transferring there from the Pulaski County Detention Center.
According to information provided by the county, Bray transferred to the animal shelter in February 2011 from the detention center. 
Local defense attorney Robert Norfleet is representing Bray in the EEOC complaint case. When contacted on Monday, Norfleet confirmed he was representing Bray but declined further comment.
Norfleet represented former detention center employee Rebecca Moss in a lawsuit filed in Sept. 2013  against Pulaski County Jailer Mike Harris and Pulaski County Fiscal Court. 
The legal battle between the county and Moses began in Sept. 2012 when Moses filed a charge of discrimination with the EEOC. The federal agency in June 2012 said in its closing statement on the Moses case said that Moses “may file a lawsuit against the respondent(s) under federal law based on this charge in federal or state court.”
Moses alleged that Harris sexually harassed her during her tenure at the detention center, which lasted from June 2012 to August 2012. Moses accused Harris of asking that she wear mini-skirts and stilettos to work, of calling her demeaning names, of making sexual advances toward her, and intimidating her when she turned down his advances. 
The lawsuit also alleged that Harris had a romantic relationship with one former assistant, and had another employee transferred to the animal shelter when she spurned his sexual advances.
Moses’ lawsuit was settled in December 2013. The county’s former insurer, Traveler’s Insurance, paid a settlement of $137,500 to Moses as per the settlement agreement.