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Former Grand Forks sheriff’s lieutenant says he was forced into retirement, files age discrimination suit

Lt. Gary Grove. Forum News Service file photo

GRAND FORKS — A former lieutenant with the Grand Forks County Sheriff’s office has filed an age discrimination complaint against the department.

Gary Grove believes he was forced into retirement by newly-elected Grand Forks County Sheriff Andy Schneider.

Grove’s complaint was filed Dec. 13 with the North Dakota Department of Labor and Human Rights, and a case was officially opened Jan. 28, according to the Department of Labor.

Grove, who was 61 at the time, believes he was discharged from his position due to his age.

“Other employees who were not in my protected group were not forced to retire or forced to transfer positions,” Grove said in the complaint.

According to the complaint, Schneider approached Grove Nov. 13 and said: “You need to retire.” Schneider later offered Grove a position in warrants, which he turned down.

Grove and Schneider both declined to comment on the lawsuit.

Grove began working for the Grand Forks County Sheriff's Department in 1978.

The Department of Labor is waiting for a formal response to the complaint from the Grand Forks County Sheriff’s office. Once a response is filed, an investigator will be assigned to the case.

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