Polk County Sheriff’s Office is Sued by Wife of Deputy Seriously Injured in a Hit-and-Run Crash in Florida
POLK COUNTY, FL – According to an online news report at abcactionnews.com, the wife of a deputy seriously injured in a hit-and-run crash has filed a lawsuit against the Polk County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO).*
The injured deputy had to learn how to walk again after having major surgery following a hit-and-run crash. The wife of this deputy, also a deputy, has filed a lawsuit against the Polk County Sheriff’s Office alleging that they did not follow the law. It also appears that a former deputy is in the process of filing a class action lawsuit against the agency.
According to the wife, the PCSO made it extremely hard for her to take the time off she needed to care for her husband who sustained serious injuries in a hit-and-run accident.
At a 2016 fundraiser for the injured deputy, the sheriff noted that “[w]hen we hired him [the injured deputy] he was healthy. We have a moral obligation to provide all the health care he needs to get healthy again.” Three years following the accident, the deputy’s wife asserts that the sheriff’s office completely ignored the well-being of her husband.
“Betrayal,” she noted. She further stated that “[at] [o]ur agency, they preach that they're proud of family and that their deputies are family and they’re family oriented. But when the going got tough, we looked around and nobody was there.”
The wife is alleging that the PCSO violated the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) as well as Florida’s Worker’s Compensation law. She further asserts that the situation become so bad that she was forced to file a complaint with the Florida Commission on Human Relations as well as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. As a result, she is suing the PCSO in federal court.
“Abide by the law that we swore we'd uphold,” she stated to the PCSO.
In 2016, a vehicle hit her husband and another woman, a 33-year-old, who did not survive. The husband sustained serious injuries in the accident, including fractured arms and ribs as well as a crushed pelvis.
The lawsuit filed by the wife asserts several grievances including the way she was treated after her husband was injured on the job. She claims that she was denied leave under the FMLA, which would have given her the time necessary to care for her injured spouse. She also details that she was passed over for promotions right before and after the crash. The wife also asserts that the PCSO would not let her take a day off to attend a trauma survivor’s event.
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