CNHI News Service

They can't legally reveal any details, but lawyers representing a former Cleveland County Sheriff's deputy Jared Ashley Loggins say a settlement forged Monday with federal magistrate Judge Valerie Couch left their client smiling.

Loggins filed a complaint of discrimination against the Board of County Commissioners for Cleveland County in federal court July 27, 2004, following his 2003 termination.

Lawyers Mark Hammons and Nicole Snapp-Holloway claimed during his two-year employment with the Cleveland County Sheriff's Department, Loggins was routinely racially harassed, "subject to unwarranted unequal discipline," overlooked for promotions and treated differently from others due to his African-American ancestry.

Numerous attempts to reach Cleveland County Sheriff DeWayne Beggs for comment were unsuccessful.

The case, filed as a civil rights action, was originally scheduled for a December 2005 jury trial, said Snapp-Holloway.

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