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Sheriff's captain says deputies raped, sexually harassed her

A Denver Sheriff's Department captain says that two deputies raped her nearly two years ago and that her superiors suppressed the information. According to a federal lawsuit, the woman reported the rape but was told not to talk about it.

The captain went public with the rape allegations last month. She is seeking to have the rape charges added to a sexual harassment lawsuit which she has already filed against the Denver Sheriff's Department. A judge has not yet decided whether the rape charges will be added to the complaint. The sexual harassment lawsuit was filed last September.

According to the allegations, the two deputies drugged and raped the woman in her home following a meeting. The captain is an 18-year veteran of the Denver Sheriff's Department. The men involved in the incident are currently on investigatory leave, but they both deny any wrongdoing. The men claim the sex that occurred that evening was consensual.

As Coloradans are surely aware, no one should have to endure sexual discrimination or abuse of any kind in the workplace. Sexual harassment is a form of discrimination that is prohibited under both federal and state employment laws throughout the United States. Most employers have policies in place that address worker complaints, including harassment claims. But even when such policies do exist, sometimes nothing is done.

If an employee experiences sexual harassment or abuse of any kind, one solid first step is to speak to human resources or a supervisor. For workers who feel the actions of their employer were not adequate to address the situation, consulting with an employment law professional can help individuals assess the particulars of a case and choose the best course of action to hold the responsible parties accountable.

Source: thedenverchannel.com, "Sheriff's Captain: Deputies Raped Me, Dept. Did Nothing," Alan Gathright, Feb. 27, 2012

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