Third law suit filed against Wood County Commission, Stephens

Published: Nov. 19, 2021 at 11:14 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 19, 2021 at 11:53 AM EST
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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - A third law suit has been filed against the Wood County Commission, Sheriff’s Department, and Steve Stephens.

The complaint was filed in Wood County Circuit Court Friday morning by Timothy Allen, a current Wood County deputy sheriff.

Bailess Law Firm, the law firm representing Allen, is the same one representing Mark Harris and Della Matheny in two other suits against the county and Stephens.

The suit alleges Sheriff Stephens threatened to demote Allen after learning Allen was involved in a relationship with Deputy Tasha Hewitt. Hewitt later filed a complaint against the sheriff, claiming a hostile work environment in the sheriff’s office.

Deputy Allen is seeking a jury trial to determine damages.

“Retaliation in the workplace is a serious safety issue,” said Todd Bailess, one of Allen’s attorneys. “We should commend employees like Sgt. Allen who have the courage to speak out against discriminatory treatment of women at the hands of those in power.”

Sheriff Stephens could not be reached for comment.

County Commissioner Bob Tebay said he was “sorry to hear that,” when told about the filing Friday afternoon.

Commissioners Jimmy Colombo and Blair Couch couldn’t be reached for comment.

You can read the full lawsuit here.

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