Lawsuit Accuses Indiana Nat'l Guard Leader Of Retaliation, Defamation

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Lawsuit Accuses Indiana Nat'l Guard Leader Of Retaliation, Defamation

A former military contractor accuses Adjutant General Courtney Carr of retaliating against her because she knew about a sexual affair he was having.

INDIANAPOLIS -- Maj. Gen. Courtney Carr, Adjutant General of the Indiana National Guard, is being sued in Marion County Superior Court. Carr is accused of having an affair with a subordinate, then having the woman who reported the affair harassed and intimidated.

The woman who filed the lawsuit, Shari McLaughlin, who was a contract employee working with the Indiana National Guard, accuses Carr of getting her fired from her subsequent job after she had resigned from her contractor job with the Guard because of harassment.

McLaughlin said in the court filing that Carr "intentionally induced breach of McLaughlin’s contract" with Alutiiq Global Solutions "without legal justification and for personal reasons of a vendetta" against her. While she worked for Skyline Unlimited, a contracting firm working with the Guard, she said Carr was going after her for having reported a sexual affair he was having with her “mentor”.

The court documents also detail McLaughlin's knowledge of other sexual relationships going on between some of her co-workers and active-duty members of the Indiana National Guard.

The filing accuses Carr of threatening to pull a contract with Aluttiq if they continued to employ McClaughlin. She said Alutiiq "accommodated Carr's request" and fired her. 

McLaughlin is suing for damages, lost wages, pain and suffering, and defamation. She also requests a trial by jury.

WIBC reached out to the Indiana National Guard, but the Guard said they would not comment on the lawsuit. 

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READ THE FULL COURT FILING: Shari McLaughlin v. Maj. Gen. Courtney Carr

(PHOTO: Chris Davis/WIBC)

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