BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCBD) – Berkeley County is facing lawsuits from two former employees.
We obtained copies of those lawsuits – both are completely unrelated other than being filed against the county by a former employee.
The more serious of the two cases is a federal lawsuit filed by Denise Mitchum, the former HR director for the county.
Mitchum’s lawsuit claims her civil rights were violated. She is alleging that she is the victim of gender discrimination and retaliation.
She says councilman Kevin Cox repeatedly called her a liar in a publication online.
Mitchum says Cox also asked inappropriate questions at a budget workshop on personnel matters.
The lawsuit says then-supervisor Bill Peagler “thought plaintiff being scolded in public was funny; the next day he asked plaintiff how her backside felt after getting chewed on again by Mr. Cox.”
Mitchum is asking for the court to award her any damages the court deems just.
As for the other lawsuit, it was filed by former Deputy Supervisor Mark Hehn.
His lawsuit says he was never paid for the 60 days after his resignation as stated on his employment contract.