Discrimination lawsuit against Shelby County settled

Discrimination lawsuit against Shelby County settled

SHELBY COUNTY, TN (WMC) - A lawsuit between Shelby County and a General Session Court Clerk employee has been settled.

Barbara Burchett, a clerk employee, accused Edward Stanton, Jr., Shelby County Circuit Court Clerk, of inappropriately touching her twice.

Burchett said when she filed the complaint against him, Stanton and other superiors in the office retaliated against her.

Burchett filed the suit in January against Stanton and Shelby County, claiming job discrimination. Burchett said her superiors then denied her comp time requests. She said a surveillance camera was installed to watch her at her desk, and she was told she needed permission to leave her desk—even to go to the bathroom.

The suit against Stanton was eventually dropped because Burchett failed to respond to a motion to dismiss, but the suit against the county remained.

Burchett and the county reached a settlement this week. The details of the settlement have not been released.

Neither Burchett, Shelby County, nor Stanton were available for comment on the case.

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