Marion County deputy wins $100,000 in lawsuit

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- A federal jury awarded $100,000 to a Marion County sheriff's deputy in a wrongful termination lawsuit.

The Statesman Journal reports the money was awarded to Kristine Phillips on May 12 because the sheriff delayed her reinstatement after an arbitrator ruled in her favor.

Phillips worked at the county jail in 2007 and was accused of misconduct and fired for handcuffing an inmate to a bunk bed.

She returned to work in June of 2010 and has received $140,000 in back pay in benefits.

Marion County's chief administrative officer, John Lattimer, says it's seeking to have the federal jury's decision overturned.

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Information from: Statesman Journal, http://www.statesmanjournal.com