GIG HARBOR, Wash. (AP) — The first woman promoted to sergeant in the Gig Harbor Police Department has filed a claim alleging harassment and sexism.

The Tacoma News Tribune reports that Sgt. Sharon Cox is seeking a maximum of $5 million in her claim. She’s one of two women officers at the 16-member department.

The claim is the latest acrimonious episode in Cox’s tenure at the department.

The guild recently held a vote of no-confidence concerning Cox, related to a shooting Aug. 11 at a Key Peninsula grocery store in which one man was killed. The guild cited “cowardice” in their vote.

Among those named in Cox’s claim is the head of the union, Dan Welch. The claim says Welch accessed Cox’s private employment file, including pre-employment background documents.

Depending on the city’s decision, Cox’s attorney might file a lawsuit by the end of next week.

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