Lesbian LAPD Officers Get $1.2 Million Settlement Over Alleged Discrimination
After a lawsuit that dragged on for two years, two lesbian police officers are set to receive a $1.25 million settlement from the City of Los Angeles after suing LAPD for discrimination.
On March 20, now-retired officers Linda Gotham and Lynn Whitey agreed with the Los Angeles City Council that approved the million-dollar amount.
The lesbian officers filed the discrimination lawsuit in 2011, claiming that senior officials didn’t take action when the two complained that their direct supervisor, 25-year department veteran Sgt. Randy Hoffmaster, was harassing them about their sexual orientation, the Los Angeles Times reported.
According to the lawsuit, Hoffmaster made vulgar sexual comments and propositioned Gotham and Whitey, who are openly gay.
The Huffington Post writes that this isn’t the first time LAPD has had to deal with LGBT sexual harassment cases.
In January, the same council gave Sgt. Ronald Crump $1.5 million in a settlement after he was ordered to transfer to another department when he complained that his supervisor disparaged his sexuality.