Former deputy files suit against Iberia Sheriff; claims wrongfully terminated


IBERIA PARISH, La. (KATC) - A former Iberia Parish Sheriff's deputy has filed suit against her former employer, claiming she was fired for supporting another employee's sexual harassment complaint.

Candace Rayburn filed suit against Iberia Parish and Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal in federal court.

In it, she claims that a friend of hers, who also was a sheriff's deputy, filed a sexual harassment complaint against a third deputy back in 2013. At that time, because the women were friends, other deputies asked Rayburn about the complaint. She says in the lawsuit that she was vocal in her support of her friend, and told several co-workers she admired her friend's courage for filing the complaint.

A few months later, she was fired for "multiple policy violations," although she says they weren't specified.

Rayburn's suit asks for back pay, damages and attorney's fees.

We reached out to the Sheriff's Office for comment, but have not received a response as of yet. It does not appear from the clerk's records that the sheriff or his office have been served with the lawsuit.

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