Former SE Iowa Prison Employee Awarded $1.25 Million from Lawsuit

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A former employee of a correctional facility in southeast Iowa was awarded $1.25 million from a lawsuit due to discrimination from a co-worker, according to Higgins Law Firm.

Jennifer Wilson-Brady was a food service coordinator at the Mount Pleasant Correctional Facility. Wilson-Brady began her employment on February 5, 2021, but became the target of discrimination and harassment from a male co-worker and was later fired, according to her attorneys.

The law firm says Wilson-Brady received a “meets expectations” performance evaluation on July 1, 2021. On July 9, 2021, Wilson-Brady submitted a written report to the Iowa Department of Corrections which detailed “demeaning” and “humiliating” treatment from the male co-worker in the presence of fellow employees and inmates.

According to the plaintiff’s trial brief, the co-worker’s harassment included labeling Wilson-Brady a “feminazi,” screaming at her, acting aggressively, invading her personal space, and undermining her in front of co-workers and inmates.

Wilson-Brady was fired on July 22, 2021, which the law firm notes was 21 days after receiving a positive performance evaluation.

Wilson-Brady withdrew her complaint before the trial, the law firm says.

A Polk County jury ruled in favor of Wilson-Brady in her lawsuit versus the Iowa Department of Corrections on May 2, 2024.

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