A former jailer/corrections officer sued her past employer, the Adams County Sheriff’s Department last week in United States District Court. The lawsuit alleges pregnancy and sex discrimination, retaliation, and civil rights violations.
Lyndsay Day of West Union has been given a green light on her claim by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a federal agency. The agency issued a “Notice of Right to Sue” letter to Lyndsay Day in October.
According to the suit, Day informed the Sheriff’s Department she was pregnant around March 2022 and that she needed Family Medical Leave to give birth. The birth of a child is a qualified event under FMLA. Day says that the department failed to make her aware of her FMLA eligibility on at least two occasions. After giving birth in May, Day was ready to return to work in July and requested that the Sheriff’s Office begin to include her again in its work schedule. Day says that the Sheriff’s Office failed to put her back on her regular work schedule which was similar to what she had before her FMLA leave and that the work was infrequent and not consistent.
The suit continues, “From November 2022 through February 2023, Day continuously requested to be placed on the schedule to work…Thus, on or about March 14, 2023, the Defendants terminated Day.”
In her demand for relief, Day is asking the court to require the removal or demotion of all supervisors who engaged in discrimination, create a process for the prompt investigation of discrimination, harassment, or retaliation complaints, issue an order requiring the Sheriff’s Office to restore Day to one of the positions to which Day was entitled by virtue of Day’s application and qualifications and expunge Days’ personnel file of all negative documentation. Additionally, Day is requesting an award against the county for compensatory and monetary damages.
As of press time, the case had not been assigned a Judge. The Informer will continue to follow this story.