Court: Rumors Not Enough to Support Complaint

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Rumors and gossip may be ugly, but a court has found that those alone are not enough to support a sex discrimination case.

The Kentucky Court of Appeals on Friday turned away an appeal by a captain at the Louisville jail that rumors about her having a relationship with a superior officer thwarted her ability to be promoted quickly.

Dawn Thompson sued the Louisville Metro Department of corrections in 2009, saying repeated untrue stories about a romantic relationship between her and another officer at the jail kept her from being promoted sooner from lieutenant to captain.

Judge Kelly Thompson wrote that the gossip spread by co-workers may be offensive, but Dawn Thompson didn't provide any evidence to back up her claims.

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