A Hennepin County, Minn. jury has awarded two Richmond police officers $125,000 after determining that the city discriminated against them because of their age.
Both officers were over 40 when they applied for promotion to detective. To become detectives, police officers must pass both a written and oral test.
The two officers alleged that evaluators unfairly favored younger officers when grading the oral test. They introduced as evidence documents showing that younger Richmond officers scored much higher on the oral test than older, more experienced officers.
The jury decided the practice violated the Minnesota Human Rights Act. It awarded one officer $50,000 in compensatory damages and $25,000 in punitive damages. The second officer received $25,000 in compensatory damages and $25,000 in punitive damages. The city is considering an appeal.