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Lawsuit alleges anti-Semitism and bullying in sheriff’s office

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A lawsuit filed by a current Madera County deputy paints a sordid picture of the Madera County Sheriff’s Office and alleges years of harassment in which a sergeant called the deputy a “fat Jew,” and slapped him in front of other employees.

The sergeant also is accused of shoving his genitalia in the deputy’s face.

The suit further claims a “code of silence” protects the still-employed sergeant, Michael Pace, and claims that supervisors — including sheriff candidate Michael Salvador — did little to prevent Pace’s continued bullying of the deputy, Ian Roth, and alleges that after Roth filed official complaints he faced retaliation through promotion denials and further discrimination.

“This is definitely one of our more extreme cases,” said Victoria Baiza of the Bohm Law Group, which filed the suit on behalf of Roth...


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