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LA Cop Sues Force Charging Gay Officers Discriminated Against Her

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LA Cop Sues Force Charging Gay Officers Discriminated Against Her

by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff

Posted: November 28, 2006 9:00 pm ET

(Los Angeles, California) A former Los Angeles police officer has filed a lawsuit alleging she was discriminated against by fellow officers because she is straight.

Cindy S. Perez was terminated by the force in 2005 after she was accused of pointing her gun at an officer she was training in 2003.

Perez' lawsuit alleges the charges against her were false and that she was accused by a lesbian lieutenant and a male sergeant.

In court papers obtained by KCAL television Perez alleges that she was targeted by gay and lesbian officers at the LADP Pacific Division.

"(Perez) was aware that LAPD's Pacific Division was and had been a lesbian-friendly environment and had treated non-lesbian females differently," KCAL quotes the lawsuit as stating.

The suit says that heterosexual female officers at the division were targeted for harassment and negative employment actions and were not given the same opportunities as lesbians.

Perez says in the suit that her problems at the division began after she filed a misconduct complaint against a lesbian sergeant. The suit claims the sergeant had a history of sex discrimination complaints against her.

The lawsuit says that after she filed the complaint she was ostracized and harassed.

The LAPD has declined to publicly comment on the suit while it is before the court.

©365Gay.com 2006

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