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Female officer claims she is victim of gender discrimination

A female police officer in another state recently accused her employer, the city, of discriminating against her because of her gender. She filed a formal complaint with a state human relations commission. If people in Texas experience illegal gender discrimination, it is within their rights to seek to hold their employers accountable through the civil court system.

The woman in the out-of-state case claimed that the city desires to exclude females from police department supervisory positions. She specifically called attention to the promotion of a patrolman to captain in September. The woman asserted that the patrolman did not have to test for this position.

However, the administrative chief reported that since the rank of captain was considered management, no civil service testing was required. Still, the woman claimed that a sergeant should have received the captain promotion, as this would have led to a sergeant opening for which she would have liked to apply. She also claimed that she was excluded from the promotion process because she had previously filed multiple sexual harassment claims against her employer.

The woman asserted that she wanted an investigation to be conducted by the commission and for action to be taken to address the reported violations of the state's human relations act as well as the Civil Rights Act at the federal level. She is also demanding that the city pay punitive damages, which are awarded in cases of egregious fault. When a person in Texas or another state is a victim of gender discrimination, he or she has the right to explore all of his or her legal options in an effort to right any wrong that has been committed.

Source: pennlive.com, "Sunbury's female cop accuses city of gender discrimination; mayor's response: 'nonsense'", John Beauge, Oct. 17, 2016

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