Ex-jailer files whistleblower suit against sheriff

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A former jailer has sued the Ellis County Sheriff’s Department claiming he was fired as retaliation for reporting a co-worker who repeatedly used a stun gun on a handcuffed inmate.

Attorneys for David Vaughan of Hays filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday alleging violations under the Kansas Whistleblower Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Sheriff Ed Harbin did not immediately return phone and email messages.

The lawsuit says Vaughan filed a voluntary statement on March 7, 2011, alleging a jailer used physical force and a stun gun on the inmate.

The following month, Vaughan asked his employer for “reasonable accommodations” for his disabilities. He suffers from diabetes and depression.

Vaughan alleges he was fired in September 2011 due to his disability and for “whistleblowing.”

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