Contract Workers’ Challenge to Jail Strip Search, Vollette v. Watson
Six nurses and three other workers are employed by private contractors to provide health care and other services to Portsmouth City Jail. One day in 2011, the nine workers were subjected to an invasive body cavity search when they came to work, even though there was no reason to believe that any of them was carrying drugs or other contraband. We filed suit on April 27, 2012, claiming that the search violated the workers’ Fourth Amendment rights. On April 30, 2012, the Sheriff revoked all of the workers’ security clearances and made them leave the facility. We filed a motion for a temporary restraining order arguing that the termination violated the First Amendment, which was denied on August 14, 2012. Meanwhile, the defendants filed a motion for summary judgment, to which we responded on July 13, 2012.
Court Documents (click link to view .pdf)
Complaint - U.S. District Court, Norfolk