A notice of appeal in the case of six current and former University of Kentucky female police officers, who allege they faced discrimination and retaliation on the job, was filed Monday in Fayette Circuit Court.
Lexington attorney Robert Abell, who represents the women, said in the notice that a directed verdict in April in the part of the case involving UK police Capt. Bobbye Carpenter was being appealed to the Kentucky Court of Appeals. Also being appealed is the fact that the case has been divided up by Fayette Circuit Judge Pamela Goodwine, with separate trials involving each woman.
In 2007, seven current and former UK female police officers — Carpenter, Lisa Blankenship (now Shuck), Laura Marco, Tiua Chilton, Gina Wilson, Lori Creech and Brenda Palmer — filed a lawsuit against the UK board of trustees and others, alleging that reports of persistent gender discrimination were ignored. The women previously had filed a gender discrimination complaint with UK's equal opportunity office, alleging that then-acting UK police chief Joe Monroe created an uncomfortable work environment by discussing his exploits drinking and partying at strip clubs. The women said participating in such activities was a vehicle for favorable treatment on the job. They said there was favoritism in job assignments and disparate punishment for men and women. Monroe is now UK's police chief.
Goodwine dismissed Palmers allegations from the case. The directed verdict in Carpenter's portion of the case came after 21/2 days of trial, just after Abell had finished presenting Carpenter's side to a jury. Goodwine decided that Carpenter had not established a case of work-related gender discrimination or retaliation.
The trial involving Carpenter was the first to be held. Another trial had been scheduled to start Monday, but it did not.