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Ex-cop files sex discrimination lawsuit December 9, 2006

Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, racism and discrimination, Sexism.

SCRANTON – A former Sugarloaf Township police officer has filed a federal lawsuit against the police department, alleging she was subjected to repeated discrimination and harassment because she is a female.

Diane Fisher of Quakdale Road, Weatherly, claims Police Chief John Hudson and other officers took numerous measures to harass her ranging from the posting of sexually graphic photos of women in the police station, to the removal of the police station’s ladies restroom.

Hudson was not in the office when a reporter phoned Friday afternoon and could not be reached for comment. The township’s solicitor, James Schneider, did not return a phone message left with his office.

Fisher had been a police officer for the borough from 1996 until this past July, when she was fired. The suit says Fisher was given no reason for her termination.

Among the allegations in the suit are that police officials instituted “special rules” that applied only to Fisher, and not male officers, then would reprimand or suspend her for violating those “rules.”

The suit, filed Friday in federal court in Scranton, also cites numerous instances in which Fisher says male officers were given preferential treatment. The male officers were, for instance, given keys to every police cruiser, but Fisher was permitted to drive only one particular cruiser, and that car would frequently be vandalized with a foul odor that left her incapable of operating the vehicle.

Other instances of alleged discrimination include:

• Male officers were given a laptop computer to do their reports, while she was required to handwrite hers.

• Male officers were provided training opportunities that were denied to her.

• Male officers were permitted to change their schedules, whereas she was not, even when she gave notice more than a month in advance.

Fisher also claims fellow officers made insulting and derogatory comments toward her, once leaving a note in the police station that referred to her by a sexually vulgar term.

The suit, filed by Attorney Edith A. Pearce of Philadelphia, seeks more than $150,000 in compensatory damages, plus unspecified punitive damages.

C.a.r.d {Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination} Source: Timesleader.com

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