Dispatchers Win Trial On Inmate Search Issue

The City of Warren, Michigan employs 20 people as dispatchers and dispatch supervisors – 16 women and four men. The City’s main police station houses the dispatch center where plain­tiffs work, as well as a jail. A group of dispatchers challenged the City’s General Order 19-04 governing arrest procedures for prisoners taken into custody by the Warren Police. The Order provided that an available male officer should conduct the…

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Non-Shaving Deputy Wins Punitive Damages, Attorney Fees

Lavanden Darks is one of four black deputies with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department in Missouri. Jackson County employs approximately 100 sworn officers. In 2014, Jackson County required all sworn officers appearing in uniform to be clean shaven with the exception of moustaches. Darks experienced pain with shaving and was medically diagnosed with an inflammatory skin condition known as psuedofolliculitis barbae. After attempting several treatments and other shaving methods,…

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Police Chief Wins Sex Discrimination Lawsuit

During the first five months of 2011, April Overman tested, applied and interviewed for the position of police chief for the City of East Baton Rouge. The City advertised nationally to obtain applicants for the position in an announcement issued January 19, 2011. Since the position of police chief falls under the Louisiana state civil service laws, Overman and the other applicants took the state civil service police chief…

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‘Stray Comments’ Do Not Support Trooper’s Sex Discrimination Claim

Moira Lamay was a Vermont state trooper. Lamay voluntarily resigned from her position as in February 2002, and was rehired in August 2003. In October 2004, following an internal investigation, Lamay admitted that she violated state police policy by filing a report concerning a high-speed chase that contained factual errors and inaccuracies. She accepted a letter of reprimand. Shortly thereafter, Lamay became the subject of a second internal affairs…

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Sexual Harassment Too Old To Be ‘Continuing’

Genevieve Drees has served both as a dispatcher and a detention employee for Suffolk County, New York. Drees brought a sex discrimination lawsuit against the County, contending that she was the victim of gender-based hostile work environment harassment, and that she had been retaliated against for raising a harassment issue. A federal court dismissed the first of the claims, finding the allegations barred by the statute of limitations. Drees…

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