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Hord documents given to defense

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Attorneys for the county have turned over documents in the suit filed last year by the Bedford County Sheriff's Department's former child abuse investigator.

But a few additional pieces of evidence must be turned in by Aug. 20, according to a federal magistrate's order.

Last week, Rebecca Hord filed a motion to compel against the county and Sheriff Randall Boyce to get them to fulfill discovery requests, hand over documents and answer questions about her suit.

Hord filed suit last December under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Tennessee Human Rights Act (THRA) for allegedly failing to pay overtime, racial and gender discrimination, as well as retaliatory discharge. She claims she was fired for supporting four other detectives who had sued for unpaid overtime, also charging that Boyce "allowed and fostered a culture of racism" within the sheriff's department.

Called off

A hearing in the matter has been set for Friday, but nearly all of the requested documents, with the exception of the personnel file of Deputy Chad Webster, were turned over to the court on Aug. 8 and 9.

Magistrate Judge William B. Carter stated that since "substantial compliance" has taken place in the case, there would be no need for a hearing on Hord's motion, giving the county's lawyers until Aug. 20 to produce any remaining documents, including Webster's personnel file.

In January, the county and sheriff denied that Hord "is entitled to any relief whatsoever including any claims for alleged retaliation."

Documents filed by the county in federal court claim that Hord's suit "contains numerous factual inaccuracies" and that she was fired for driving her assigned vehicle "for non work related personal reasons to Kentucky and Nashville as well as a number of other violations of departmental policy that she was warned about violating."

Boyce and the county also deny that Hord was a party to a legal contract of employment, and that she was "an employee at will subject to termination by the Sheriff at any time whatsoever with or without cause."

Hord documents given to defense