JJ obtained through a public records request a copy of the settlement agreement between Penny Corn and the Mississippi Department of Public Safety. Ms. Corn sued DPS a year ago for sex discrimination and retaliation. DPS and Ms. Corn settled the case in May.
The settlement agreement states that DPS will pay Ms. Corn $75,000 for damages and $9,474 for lost wages. The settlement agreement is posted below. The lawsuit is the third discrimination lawsuit settled by DPS or MBN in the last year. DPS settled one a year ago with Gayle McMullin and MBN settled one with Katherine Sullivan for $25,000.
Governor Phil Bryant told the Clarion-Ledger:
"It stops here. It’ll stop at this office going forward with all executive agencies, with any power and influence I have over other agencies that are in the state," he said. "We have to take responsibility if things are going wrong and obviously there are things that have gone wrong, and what I can do now is help remedy those, but make sure people understand this better not happen again. And I think they’ve got that message. If they have not you’ll see some career-altering decisions that will be made."
Frank Corder jumped into the fray and praised the Governor for his "head on approach":
While the story on the Governor’s aggressive stance on this issue was reported by the Clarion Ledger as news, there has not been one column inch of editorial content written on Bryant’s head on approach to tackling this unfortunate issue by anyone in the state’s mainstream media. As I said, we are often quick to criticize but slow to give a pat on the back. In the state’s print media, that is especially true for when a Republican does a good thing under tough circumstances.Well Frank, maybe if you read this site or weren't stuck down on the Gulf Coast, you might actually know what is going on up here. It's frankly hard to read this editorial with a straight face. JJ has reported on these problems for years but Frank seems to think there was no problem until after the Governor said something.
But hey, maybe I’m misreading the bias in the media against the Governor and the Republican leadership. Maybe it’s just me who sees a slew of stories painting the state’s GOP leadership as incompetent and irresponsible. Or maybe I beat them to the punch and perhaps they are waiting for their weekend columns to throw the Governor some love… but I, for one, am not holding my breath. Post.
*The Mississippi Highway Patrol didn't fire a Sergeant who was caught engaging in gay sex with a truck driver at a closed rest area by an MDOT law enforcement agent. The Case of Officer Redfruit.
*Gayle McMullin's successful racial discrimination lawsuit against MHP. Post.
*Penny Corn's settlement with MHP. Post.
*Katherine Sullivan's lawsuit and settlement with MBN. Post.
*An officer at MBN engaging in a complete strip act at a MBN facility. Post.
Yes, Frank, it is all media bias about the poor lil Governor. Everyone is out to get him. Never mind the fact that you ignored all of these stories that were posted over the last few years and never thought to ask whether they were actually true. JJ will close this post with a quote from an earlier post on this subject:
Frankly, it is hard to take the Governor's comments seriously. There is a culture of racism, sexism, and just plain dumbism at Mississippi state law enforcement agencies. JJ has reported these stories since 2013 yet the Governor only takes action when gasp, the Clarion-Ledger reports them. A tree apparently makes no sound unless the "state newspaper" reports it in his universe. The good ole boys don't see anything wrong with the behavior that created these lawsuits. They probably think it's funny and rates an 8 on the Perkins scale. The leadership at these agencies has been weak for quite some time. Leaders are not held accountable. Complaints and lawsuits proliferate as basic HR principles are repeatedly ignored. A criminal suspect probably has more protection than a woman working at these agencies. However, it is nice to see the Governor finally step up to the plate. It remains to be seen if he will actually take a swing at the problem.