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Employee claims hostile environment at Canyon County Coroner office

An employee of a coroner’s office in western Idaho has filed a notice of a tort claim that alleges she was harassed by the outgoing coroner.

The Idaho Press-Tribune reports Canyon County Deputy Coroner Lori LaRoche filed the notice in early May against Coroner Vicki DeGeus-Morris, seeking damages of at least $800,000 for the “personal and professional harassment” by the coroner since 2011.

LaRoche claims DeGeus-Morris created a hostile work environment that caused her medical problems and loss of benefits.

In a statement May 22, DeGeus-Morris says the allegations are unsubstantiated but she cannot comment further due to the threatened litigation.

DeGeus-Morris lost her re-election bid for the position to Jennifer Crawford in the Republican primary in mid-May.

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