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Federal lawsuit filed against Judge James Taylor

Published: 10:23 AM, 01/21/2011 Last updated: 10:30 AM, 01/21/2011

Source: The Rogersville Review

By Bill Grubb
News Editor

ROGERSVILLE - Hawkins County Juvenile Court Judge James Taylor and the county have  been named in a $3 million lawsuit filed in federal court by a former Juvenile Court employee.
    Julie Delana Rasmussen filed the papers Jan. 12, just under the one year deadline from her termination as a Youth Services Officer on Jan. 15, 2010.
    The 13-page lawsuit claims seven counts as the "causes of action" including:
      From October 2006 until she was terminated Taylor violated Rasmussen's civil rights and that actions were because of her gender;
      That she was deprived of her right to due process under the 14th Amendment;
      That Rasmussen was discriminated against in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Tennessee Handicap Act;
      That Taylor is guilty of assault and battery by making "unwelcome and unwanted" acts against the woman;
      That Taylor is guilty of "extreme and outrageous conduct and infliction of emotional distress."
      That Rasmussen is the victim of wrongful termination and retaliation.  The lawsuit claims that the woman's refusal of Taylor's sexual advances and her threat to expose may have played a part in her dismissal; and
      That money was taken by Taylor, to be invested, but the money was never invested or returned.        
    The suit seeks compensatory damages of $1 million, punitive damages of $2 million, lost wages, attorney's fees and other expenses.
    Rasmussen is represented by Ursula Bailey, a Knoxville attorney.
    A response to the lawsuit has yet to be filed.

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