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Tupelo police responds to sexual harassment/overtime lawsuit

The city of Tupelo is defending itself in a federal lawsuit filed by a former policewoman over her termination.

Posted: Mar. 7, 2018 7:20 PM
Updated: Mar. 7, 2018 7:20 PM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - The city of Tupelo is defending itself in a federal lawsuit filed by a former policewoman over her termination.
Jennifer Baker sued the city in March 2017 claiming her firing was in retaliation to complaints she filed about sexual harrassment, uncompensated work and ticket quotas.
The city denies her claims and says the written sexual harrassment claim was in the process of being investigated by Internal Affairs when Baker requested it be dropped.
They also deny other claims regarding salary questions and ticket quotas.
Baker says she was suspended on March 2 and fired five days later for falsely claiming there was a quota, stopping more African-Americans and writing a ticket on public property. When she questioned the charges, she claims the chief told her she had also been rude during a traffic stop where a ticket had been given.
Baker's lawsuit says reasons were a pretext to the fact she had filed a complaint of sexual harassment and uncompensated overtime.
She claims the termination violates whistleblower provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and is asking to be reinstated and paid lost wages and damages.

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