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Lesbian Officers Settle LAPD Sexual Harassment Lawsuit for $1.25M

March 26, 2013

In recent news that Carson attorney Vincent Howard has been closely following, the Los Angeles City Council reportedly approved a sexual harassment lawsuit settlement in the amount of $1.25 million, to a female LAPD officer and a female retired officer, both of whom are lesbians--after the officers claim that they were subjected to frequent sexual harassment by an LAPD officer.

According to the Los Angeles Times, this agreement follows in a long line of significant settlements and jury awards that the city of Los Angeles has had to pay to settle discrimination, retaliation and other workplace lawsuits that have been brought by LAPD officers against one another.

The two female officers, who are both open about their sexual preference, were reportedly assigned in 2010 to the LAPD's Van Nuys Division, under the supervision of a 25-year LAPD veteran, Sgt. Randy Hoffmaster. The female officers claimed that on many occasions over the period of one year, Hoffmaster made vulgar comments of a sexual nature to them, as well as sexual propositions. After filing numerous complaints to more senior officers, the officials reportedly did nothing to protect the female employees from the sexual harassment.

After the officers filed their sexual harassment lawsuit, the LAPD department officials reportedly opened an internal investigation. Along with the LAPD's findings, the women's claims were supported by other officers who witnessed the sexual abuse, and were willing and prepared to give testimony against Hoffmaster at the trial. After the conclusion of the investigation, Hoffmaster allegedly resigned.

As attorney Vincent Howard often discusses in Howard Law's Costa Mesa employment attorneys blog, under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, harassment or discrimination based on gender is against the law. Retaliation against any employees who stand up to sexual harassment or discrimination is also illegal. Sexual harassment, as defined by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) can include sexual advances, requests that are unwelcome, and other physical or verbal harassment of a sexual nature.

If you or someone you know has experienced sexual harassment or discrimination in the Orange County, California workplace, contact Howard Law's Vincent Howard today, for a free consultation about your workplace rights.

Lesbian LAPD officers settle harassment suit for $1.25 million, Los Angeles Times, March 20, 2013

Related Web Resources:

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, (EEOC)

Facts About Sexual Harassment, EEOC

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