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The City of Crawfordville, the police department in specific, is being sued by a Crawfordsville Police detective in a federal lawsuit. The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court in Indianapolis last week.

The complaint notes “employment discrimination based upon sex, a hostile work environment and retaliation by the defendant.”

A 17-year veteran of the department, detective of six years, said in a complaint to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that she has been harassed continually.

“On or around Sept. 15, 2004, I complained to the City that I was being discriminated against because of my sex,” Ford said in the complaint. “Specifically, I complained about the Chief Knecht. Chief Knecht has harassed and continued to harass me, which has resulted in a hostile work environment. Chief Knecht has also continued to discriminate against me because of my sex and has retaliated against me because of my initial complaint to the City.”

According to court records, In November 2006, the EEOC issued a charge dismissal and did not take a stand.

The suit, filed Feb. 20, indicated seven instances between August 2004 and February 2006 leading Ford to file the complaint with the Indiana Civil Rights Commission and EEOC.

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