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Kendall County Sheriff’s Department sexually hostile work environment lawsuit

Two former Kendall County jail guards have filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against the county and Sheriff’s Department.

Amber Christoffel Slaughter and Nichole Porus claim that they were subjected to a sexually hostile work environment by supervisors that included being forced to change clothes with male coworkers in co-ed locker rooms and receiving sexually explicit emails at work.

The two women allege that male supervisors and coworkers subjected them to an “ongoing campaign” of sexual harassment that included unwanted touching and sexual propositions.

This is not the first time that female Kendall County Sheriff’s Office employees have alleged sexual harassment on the job.

In 2010, Kendall County paid $188,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit that accused Kendall County Chief Deputy Terry Tichava of subjecting a female administrative assistant to “repeated sexual harassment from (Tichava) in the form of statements, lewd gestures laden with innuendos, inappropriate comments and language, inappropriate touching and inappropriate conduct.”

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