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Woman gets right to sue letter in case against sheriff
by Jebb Johnston
Jun 19, 2014 | 274 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A former sheriff’s department employee has received a new right to sue letter stemming from her complaint against Sheriff Charles Rinehart, according to court records.

A U.S. District Court judge recently halted Michelle Cohoon-Loyd’s federal suit against the sheriff, Alcorn County and the sheriff’s department pending the issuance of a new right to sue letter. A letter had previously been issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and later revoked due to an unspecified error, prompting a stay on the lawsuit.

The new letter, dated May 27 and filed June 12 with the Aberdeen Division of the court, was issued by the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, giving Cohoon-Loyd notice of right to initiate a civil action within 90 days.

The court filing states that the plaintiff will ask the court to allow her to file an amended complaint reflecting the new EEOC approval.

The suit, filed in February, alleges sexual harassment, a sexually hostile work environment and retaliation while Cohoon-Loyd worked for the sheriff.

A plaintiff must exhaust administrative remedies and obtain a right to sue letter before pursuing a federal employment discrimination lawsuit.
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