A female who had filed a federal gender discrimination lawsuit against Georgia Sheriff Don Peacock will receive $17,650 as a settlement. A copy of the confidential settlement agreement was obtained through various media outlets through an Open Records Act request
Cynthia D. Smith, a former jailer, filed the lawsuit in March, alleging she wasn’t allowed to apply for a road deputy position because of her gender. She argued Peacock hasn’t employed a female patrol deputy in more than a decade.
Attorneys for Smith and Peacock, who was sued in his official capacity, agreed to dismiss the lawsuit last week.
As part of the settlement, Smith agreed not to seek employment at the sheriff’s office and she will be awarded lawyer’s fees.