After a judge refused to neuter an entire lawsuit alleging sex discrimination in police promotions, hostile work environment and retaliation, City of Fountain Valley management decided to reach a pre-trial settlement with the plaintiff, a veteran female officer.
Terms of the deal with Sergeant Jennifer Sherman were not disclosed in paperwork filed this month inside Orange County’s Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse.
Lawyers for the city previously convinced U.S. District Court Judge James V. Selna to strip several causes of action but weren’t as persuasive in a more recent attempt to effectively kill the case.
The City didn’t want a future jury to hear evidence of sexual harassment and hostile work environment inside the police department, but Selna ruled that the argument “failed.”
Details of the lawsuit can be seen in the Weekly’s April 11, 2019 article, “Did OC Police Agency’s Male Leadership Discriminate Against Qualified Female Cop?”
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