Clearly, there is no fury like that of a woman scorned—especially one unfairly passed over for promotion.
Officer Tina Lewallen filed a complaint with the Beaumont Police Department after two men were promoted to the narcotics unit ahead of her. One, she noted, had a history of disciplinary problems and the other had fewer qualifications and less seniority.
When the department failed to investigate the complaint, Lewallen sued, claiming gender discrimination, equal protection deprivation and failure to promote because of gender.
The jury awarded her $75,000 each for the gender discrimination and equal protection claims, but sided with the police department on the failure-to-promote issue.
Note: The Beaumont P.D. was lucky to get away with a verdict so small. Most juries read failure to investigate as “coverup.”
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