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November 30, 2013

County Jailer requesting more time to respond to lawsuit

Former employee says Harris sexually harassed her on job

Somerset —

An attorney for Pulaski County Jailer Mike Harris has asked for more time in filing a response in federal court to a former employee’s claim that Harris sexually haras-sed her. 
Charles D. Cole, an attorney based in Lexington, on Wednes-day filed the proposed order asking that Harris and other defendants named in the lawsuit — Pulaski County Judge-execu-tive Barty Bullock and magistrates Mike Strunk, Glen Maxey, Tommy Barnett, Mike Wilson and Jason Turpen — be given until Dec. 20 to respond to claims by former Pulaski County Detention Center employee Rebecca Moses. 
Moses worked at the detention center from June through August 2012. She is being represented by local attorney Robert Norfleet. 
The lawsuit, filed in late September in United States District Court in London, Ky., claims Harris violated Moses’ civil rights by “conditioning her employment on submitting to Harris’ sexual demands.”
The lawsuit alleges the sexual harassment began almost immediately after Moses was hired in June 2012 — Moses claims that during her first week of employment, Harris told her to wear mini-skirts and stilettos to work.
“While working at PCDC, Moses’ employment was conditioned on her submission to the sexual advances of her supervisor, Harris, and to otherwise endure a work environment permeated with sexually charged comments, innuendo, inappropriate touching and other demeaning, humiliating, embarrassing, intimidating and threatening conduct directed toward Moses based on her sex,” the lawsuit reads.
The lawsuit claims that Harris’ conduct “was at all times unwelcome by Moses” and that Harris terminated Moses’ employment at PCDC “when she refused to submit to Harris’ sexual advances.”
The lawsuit also claims “Harris had a known history of sexually harassing female employees and his ongoing harassment of Moses was widely known within the Pulaski County Detention Center and among members of Pulaski Fiscal Court.
“The remaining defendants knew, or should have known, about Harris’ sexually harassing conduct,” the lawsuit alleges.

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