Court dismisses lawsuit against Sheriff Woody

Release from the Richmond Sheriff's Office

RICHMOND, VA - Sheriff C.T. Woody, Jr. today announced the dismissal of Deborah Koger v. C.T. Woody, Jr., a federal law suit filed against him by a former employee who alleged retaliation and racial discrimination, which was appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

In a Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals unpublished opinion, the three judge panel found no reversible errors in the original dismissal of Deborah Koger's case.  In February 2009, Koger, a former employee of the Richmond City Sheriff's Office, filed a federal law suit against Sheriff Woody alleging she was wrongfully terminated and the victim of racial discrimination.

The federal law suit was ultimately dismissed on March 1, 2010 by U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge M. Hanna Lauck who ruled the termination was based on considerable evidence that supported Sheriff Woody's right to dismiss the employee. In her Memorandum Opinion, the judge ruled the complaint was without merit and that there was a substantial amount of evidence to support dismissal of the claim.  "Further, there is no evidence before the Court that suggested Sheriff Woody terminated the former employee for any reason other than her abysmal performance as an employee.  The record demonstrated that any one of Woody's proffered reasons provided a legitimate reason for the employee's termination."

"I'm happy that the courts agreed that Ms. Koger was not a victim of discrimination, was treated fairly and terminated for cause," stated Sheriff Woody. He continued, "Now that the courts have spoken, this matter has finally been put to rest."