Four employees of the Knox County Sheriff's Office have sued the county to be included in the Uniformed Officers Pension Plan.
Martha Dooley, Ashley Haynes, Deborah Hodges, and Allison Rogers were denied inclusion in the UOPP because they are classified as civilians.
According to the suit, The UOPP defines officer as "a sworn officer regularly employed by the Knox County Sheriff's Office" and included executive officers. The suit argues that all four women should be considered executive officers of the sheriff's office, and should be eligible for the pension.
The suit says Sheriff J.J. Jones supports the women in their efforts to be included in the pension plan, and that they are all longtime employees who have each taken an oath of office and are bonded.
The suit also alleges the women may have been given disparate treatment because of their gender.
The suit asks the court to classify the women as officers, making them eligible for the pension plan.