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Pennsylvania woman sues North Versailles police department

A Buena Vista, Pennsylvania woman has sued the North Versailles police department. The woman was employed as a police officer for seven years and watched male coworkers receive promotions and get better treatment. For many of those years, she endured being called "crazy" and "dumb" by coworkers and was given less desirable assignments than her male counterparts.

She says she was passed over when overtime was available and that she was asked to answer impermissible questions on an application for a promotion.

After enduring this treatment for several years, she finally filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. After that, the police chief who was her boss suggested that she quit her job and then began giving her an irregular schedule. Three months ago she was finally fired.

If this is true, it seems this is clearly a case of both gender discrimination and retaliation against the officer, who dedicated years and a lot of hard work to her job serving the people of Versailles.

The lawsuit that she filed against the police department says that she was victim of gender discrimination, violation of her free speech rights, retaliation, defamation, and violations of her right to equal protection under the law.

Even after undergoing all that, the officer is asking for her job back as a part of her compensation from the lawsuit. She says she would like to be reinstated and be given her long-overdue promotion to a full-time position.

The township has not commented on this case.

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "Former part-time police officers sues North Versailles claiming gender discrimination," Rich Lord, Dec. 5, 2012.

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