Wednesday, February 28, 1996


U.S. District Court Judge David Levi dismissed in its entirety a sexual harassment lawsuit brought by seven Folsom State Prison employees in 1993.

In ruling for the California Department of Corrections, the court found that the plaintiffs failed to produce evidence or raise a genuine issue that the Department had a pattern or policy of gender-based discrimination.

"When we feel we've been wrongly accused," said Corrections Director James H. Gomez, "we defend ourselves."

"I abhor any form of gender discrimination and have moved aggressively to root it out and punish it," Gomez explained. "We will continue our efforts to create a positive, discrimination-free work environment for all Corrections employees."

Judge Levi's 166-page order dismissed all claims against the department and the employees named in the lawsuit. The Department of Corrections was represented by the private law firm Kronick, Moskovitz, Tiedemann and Girard.

The seven plaintiffs were: Marcia Diaz, Crystal Davis, Kathie Dunham, Tiffany Keeney, Jayna Popovich, Carmen Rojas and Yvette Taylor.