Justice Department Files Suit Against Coahoma Sheriff

COAHOMA COUNTY, MS (Ben Caxton) — The U.S. Justice Department is suing the Coahoma County Sheriff, claiming his department fired an employee because he had to be gone on military duty for extended periods. Sheriff Charles Jones says Jason Sims was fired for “insubordination” not for taking military leave. The feds filed a civil lawsuit Monday against the county on behalf Sims who served 18 years in the military, is in the Army Reserve and teaches leadership classes at Fort Knox, Kentucky. When Sims started working for the Coahoma County Sheriff’s Department in October 2014 he told his bosses he would need to take military leave. The suit claims Sims gave several weeks advance notice requesting time off, and the sheriff’s office demonstrated hostility during a work evaluation given by Chief Deputy Fernando Bee in 2016. Sims was fired in August 2018 and the suit demands that he be rehired and paid lost wages.


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