Following a week-long trial in federal court in Statesville, jurors ruled in favor of Amber A. Triplett, who filed a discriminatory lawsuit against the N.C. Department of Public Safety.
Triplett, who worked as a health assistant with the prison, was awarded $10,000 in compensatory damages, according to court documents.
The lawsuit claimed the Alexander Correctional Institute was in violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by not taking action and enforcing the procedures and policies designed to protect female employees, according to the lawsuit. In 2007, Triplett worked in the prison unit that housed inmates segregated for administrative and disciplinary actions, according to the lawsuit. Triplett often helped physicians treat inmates considered to be “intensive” and on “maximum control. ”
According to the lawsuit inmates harassed Triplett by inappropriately touching themselves in front of her, making sexual comments toward her, issuing threats and undressing in front of her, according to the lawsuit. Triplett filed a complaint with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in February 2014,