Trial in suit against Nevada County Sheriff’s Office postponed
The trial date has been postponed until August in a civil suit filed in Nevada County Superior Court by Yvonne Davada Evans, a former accounting assistant with the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office, and her husband, retired Lt. Bill Evans, against their former employer.
The suit alleges that Yvonne Evans (then Cantrell) was retaliated against after complaining of sexual harassment by then-Undersheriff Richard Kimball, and that Bill Evans was forced to retire.
According to the complaint, Yvonne Evans said Kimball embraced and kissed her in 2008. Evans, who had been working for the Sheriff’s Office since 2004 as a senior accounting assistant, complained to her union steward in January 2009 about Kimball’s behavior, the complaint states.
After Yvonne and Bill Evans married in 2010, Yvonne’s ex-husband reportedly called in a tip alleging she had stolen money; she was placed on administrative leave in September 2010 and fired in May 2011.
The complaint alleges Kimball, who was in charge of the investigation, saw a chance to get rid of Yvonne Evans for her sexual harassment complaints against him, and that the Sheriff’s Office retaliated against her by terminating her employment, instigating a criminal complaint against her and subsequently contesting her unemployment benefits.
Yvonne Evans was arrested in August 2011 and charged with four misdemeanor counts of withholding fines after more than $13,000 allegedly was discovered missing. The criminal case against her was dismissed after a judge determined the filing was past the one-year statute of limitations for misdemeanors.
According to the civil complaint, the Sheriff’s Office retaliated against Bill Evans by falsely charging him with violating employee confidentiality, declaring him unfit for duty and creating an intolerable working environment that forced him to resign in October 2011.
A jury trial initially was scheduled for Feb. 23 of this year. But a continuance was requested, due to some delays in receiving and responding to discovery requests, and after several depositions had to be rescheduled into November.
A settlement conference has been set for June 27, with a pre-trial conference scheduled for Aug. 12. The trial now is set to start Aug. 29.
To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530-477-4229.
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