LAPD Officer Wins Racial Discrimination Lawsuit, Awarded $1.2M
March 29, 2013
Attorney Vincent Howard discussed a recent $1.25 million sexual harassment lawsuit settlement in Howard Law's Riverside employment attorneys blog last week, involving two lesbian Los Angeles, California police officers (LAPD) who claimed they were subjected to consistent harassment by a male LAPD officer.
In related Los Angeles, California employment news, a Los Angeles jury awarded another LAPD police officer $1.2 million recently for his racial harassment and discrimination lawsuit against the city of Los Angeles, and the LAPD.
According to the lawsuit, Earl Wright, a black officer who had worked for the LAPD for twenty-three years, claimed that the police department never took his complaints of racial incidents seriously. Wright claimed that the incidents caused him to miss seven months of work, due to hospitalization for anxiety and stress.
Wright alleged in the lawsuit that the discrimination based on race came in the form of racial slurs, and other harassment that was racially motivated. Wright claimed that in 2009, LAPD sergeant Peter Foster reportedly presented him a cake for his 20 years on the force that was topped with watermelon and fried chicken. Earlier that year, photos of Wright and his partner were also reportedly superimposed on a poster from the television show "Sanford and Son" that was labeled a "family portrait" and distributed around the department.
According to ABC News, this was one of four harassment cases that stemmed from the same LAPD unit that also included discrimination claims by a Latino officer, two Asian officers, and a sexual harassment claim by a female officer.
Vincent Howard frequently discusses the subject of racial discrimination in the workplace, and according to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, it is illegal to harass or discriminate against an employee because of their race or sex in hiring, job compensation, employment training, promotion, firing, or any other conditions or terms of employment.
In Wright's case, the jury decided to award him $600,000 for past monetary damages, and $600,000 for future monetary damages. Along with the LAPD female officers' $1.25 million sexual harassment lawsuit settlement, Wright's lawsuit is one of a recent string of large jury awards and settlements in cases brought against LAPD officers and the LAPD department.
Howard Law, PC protects employee rights in racial harassment cases and other labor and employment issues in Los Angeles County, and cities throughout Orange County, California. Contact managing attorney Vincent Howard today, to find the best solution for your California workplace issue.
LAPD officer awarded $1.2M in racial discrimination suit, ABC Local, March 26, 2013
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