The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled in favor of the Grand Rapids police officer who was suspended as “unfit for duty” after she filed a sexdiscrimination lawsuit against the city of Grand Rapids. Now here’s the rest of the story.
Not only did the city lose the retaliation lawsuit, but the citizens of Grand Rapids ended up paying outside lawyers more than $2.2 million to defend that and related cases brought by others also charging sex discrimination. And those costs may go higher.
Word is that city officials are considering an appeal. But unless the 6th Circuit votes to reconsider its decision and does an about-face, the next stop is the U.S. Supreme Court. There, the cost for outside legal services could dwarf what’s already been paid. That’s on top of the lost wages—past and future—and compensatory damages the city owes the officers.
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