This article by Chris Mays originally appeared Aug. 20 in the Brattleboro Reformer.
BRATTLEBORO — Sgt. Penny Witherbee has resigned from the Brattleboro Police Department, almost a month after she alleged in a lawsuit gender discrimination and unwanted sexual advances in the workplace.
“The prospect of continuing to report to work with BPD for the next two weeks continues to subject me to severe anxiety and insomnia,” Witherbee wrote in a letter to Police Chief Michael Fitzgerald on Aug. 9. “I cannot continue to work with Brattleboro Police Department because the department has made my working conditions so intolerable that I am compelled to resign. The ongoing harassment on the basis of my gender has destroyed both my career and my health. It is obvious to me that I do not have any career prospects in the misogynistic culture that exists within BPD.”
Town Manager Peter Elwell said Witherbee’s resignation has been accepted and will become effective Aug. 23. Fitzgerald said the department has no comment other than to confirm the resignation.
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