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Former Va. Beach sheriff's officer sues for $10m

Monday - 9/16/2013, 3:41am  ET

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) -- A former officer with the Virginia Beach Sheriff's Office has filed a $10 million discrimination suit against her former employer and several deputies.

The Virginian-Pilot ( reports that Cassandra Lee claims she was treated differently and ultimately let go because of her race and gender. Lee was the first black woman to rise to the rank of captain with the sheriff's office.

Lee was let go in 2009 five months short of her retirement.

Lee's former boss said he let her go when he took office because she refused to work with two of the chief deputies.

Lee said the discrimination she claims in her lawsuit primarily involved her white male superiors.

The Department of Justice declined to pursue the matter in court.


Information from: The Virginian-Pilot,

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