Sacramento Superior Court Judge David De Alba heard arguments Wednesday from Sacramento County attorneys seeking a new trial in a lawsuit filed by female sheriff’s deputies who claimed they were targeted for retaliation by their superiors.
De Alba is scheduled to offer a ruling July 18 in the matter.
Jurors in May awarded nearly $3.6 million to sheriff’s Lts. Annica Hagadorn and Dawn Douglas, Sgt. Tracie Keillor and Deputy Jodi Mendonca.
De Alba tentatively upheld the verdict in a Tuesday ruling, but attorneys for the county calling on De Alba to toss out Keillor’s multimillion-dollar award said Wednesday state workers’ compensation officials were still considering her claim. County attorneys also questioned Keillor’s contention that a stroke she suffered was triggered by an internal investigation into allegations that she improperly accessed electronic personnel files, citing injury claims Keillor filed in 2008 and 2010.
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Attorneys for the county also renewed arguments that lead plaintiff Hagadorn’s transfer from her position as a north area patrol commander to a corrections position hours from her home was not a punitive move following complaints filed with Fair Employment and Housing officials. They also maintained that superior officers including now-Undersheriff Erik Maness did not retaliate against Douglas, Keillor and Mendonca after they confronted Maness with their suspicions that he and a female deputy were involved in an inappropriate relationship.