By: WCTV Eyewitness News
November 26, 2018
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Second Circuit State Attorney's Office is facing a whistleblower lawsuit.
The suit, filed by a former assistant state attorney, alleges that the State Attorney's Office retaliated against him after he filed a complaint about gender discrimination.
In the original complaint, Artem Joukov claimed that a supervisor "asked him to treat a male defendant and a female defendant differently, despite significant similarities in their cases."
Joukov says he asked the State Attorney to confidentially intervene and oversee the cases to ensure equal treatment, but says he was instead criticized in an email to the entire office for filing the whistleblower complaint and transferred to another supervisor.
The plaintiff says in addition, he was stripped of important cases, passed over for promotion and raises and ultimately fired in February. The lawsuit claims all of this was out of retaliation for filing the whistleblower complaint.
The lawsuit seeks damages in excess of $15,000.
State Attorney Jack Campbell said Tuesday, “I don’t feel that we’ve done anything wrong. We’re planning on vigorously defending ourselves in court. I’m not going to respond to the detailed allegations. I stand behind the men and women of the state attorney’s office and we will have our day in court.”