Deputy Of Longtime Constable Wins Her Sexual Harassment Suit

In October 2007, we told you about a lawsuit filed by a former deputy to Constable Glen Cheek of Precinct 5, a legendary old-school lawman who, according to the suit, was not above calling his female employees "cunt" and "bitch" and making them do his shopping and cooking.

Ah, the old days.

Cheek died before the suit was filed, and he remains dead as the jury verdict has come through: a $253,000 award for former deputy Kimberly Owen, which is pretty close to the maximum $300,000 she could have gotten under the tort-reform law of our great state.

The jury found, a county attorney told the Chron, that Cheek did not do any harassing... just one of his underlings. We're sure Cheek himself would have been angered beyond belief if he had found out that one of his employees had been treating a woman in the workplace with anything less than the equality he no doubt felt they deserved.

The county has not yet decided whether or not to appeal the ruling.

One disappointment for Owen -- she had also argued that she had been fired over trumped-up charges of drunken driving. The jury did not agree.

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Richard Connelly
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