AG’s Office: No Charges In Breast Pumping Case
KALAMAZOO (WWJ/AP) - The state attorney general’s office does not plan to file charges after a southwestern Michigan sheriff’s deputy said a sergeant videotaped her while she was in a private office pumping breast milk for her newborn.
The attorney general’s office reviewed the case after a request in Kalamazoo County for a special prosecutor to determine whether criminal charges are merited.
The Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved settlement that includes a payment of about $130,000 to the deputy and her spouse, plus $69,000 in attorney fees.
The woman and her spouse claimed her privacy was invaded and that she was subjected to a hostile work environment, Mlive.com reported. The county and the sheriff’s department have denied those claims.
The sergeant involved has since resigned from the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office. Thom Canny, the county’s corporation counsel, said the sergeant “contends it was an accidental taping.” Neither the sergeant nor anyone else in the sheriff’s office viewed the videotape, he said.
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