A Georgia sheriff’s department failed to stop one of its captains from sexually harassing five female subordinates despite being informed of the behavior, a lawsuit filed by alleged victims claims.

In a complaint filed in the Newnan, Ga. Federal Court the five women, who include three deputies, a dispatcher and an administrative assistant, claim Captain David Gibson of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Department “used his position … to intimidate, harass, and assault female subordinates … [and] subjected Plaintiffs to repeated unwanted sexual advances, comments and touching.”

The woman go on to say that when they rejected his advances, ” Gibson retaliated by, among other things, threatening their employment and physical safety.”

The plaintiffs claim they reported Gibson’s alleged behavior to the sheriff, but that nothing was done to prevent the captain from discriminating against the them based on their gender.

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