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Former police officer makes employment law claim

People in West Virginia and across the country have reasonable expectations regarding their places of employment. They should receive payment for their work, and they should be able to complete their job responsibilities free from harassment and discrimination. If these expectations are not met, it may become necessary for the employee to file an employment law claim. A former police officer who worked in a different state has recently undertaken such an action after claiming that he was discriminated against and forced to retire for reporting alleged discrimination.

The man in the case was promoted to deputy chief in 2009. Reports indicate that he was the first black person to hold a high-ranking position in the area. However, he claims that his subordinates struggled with taking orders from a black man. He further asserts that the police chief at the time encouraged such insubordination. The plaintiff believes that the chief's actions may have been motivated because the man was a viable option to replace the chief.

The lawsuit claims that the man took his concern to the woman who was city manager at the time. According to him, he was told that his contract would not be renewed. He was reportedly given the option to resign rather than be fired and decided to announce his retirement in Nov. 2014. The police chief announced his retirement approximately one month later.

Although a complaint was filed with the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, the investigation was not completed. In his lawsuit involving his employment law claim, he is requesting more than $15,000 in damages. While most people in West Virginia may like to think that discrimination such as this no longer occurs, that is -- unfortunately -- not the case. There are many people who face discrimination in the workplace. An attorney with employment law experience can help a victim determine the most appropriate response to such treatment.

Source: dailycommercial.com, "Ex-Eustis deputy chief files discrimination suit", Millard K. Ives, April 7, 2016

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