will file a sexual harassment claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
In late April of this year Lieutenant Balderrama had requested to make some personnel changes within her department that she believed were necessary and in the best interest of her employees and the County.
had simply requested to have two officer's switch court assignments, at least temporarily.
The Sheriff approached her
proposed change and told her he
would only approve it if she
performed sexual acts with him in the office right then and there.
Lieutenant Balderrama reluctantly gave in to his request because she believed it was the only way she could make the personnel change she believed was best for her employees and the Department and out of fear of reprisal from the Sheriff.
After a period of time Lieutenant Balderrama relationship with the sheriff became more or less consensual.
However, Lieutenant Balderrama is adamant that the relationship began only because of the Sheriff's promises of advancement and implied threats and, on more than one occasion when Lieutenant Balderrama stated she wanted to end the sexual relationship, she only continued because of the Sheriff's repeated threats to move her to midnights.
The Sheriff knew that this threat was particularly effective to coerce Lieutenant Balderrama because she was a single mother, raising two young boys and needed to be home with them in the evening.
Lieutenant Balderrama loves her job at the Department and has lived in constant fear that, on a whim, the Sheriff could simply take it all away from her if she refused his advances, leaving her with no means to support her children.