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Huge Settlement for US Gay Police Officer

by Redaktie in General , 24 December 2019

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An American police officer, who presumably missed out on a promotion 23 times because he is gay, has won a lawsuit against his police force in the US state of Missouri.

The judge ruled that he was discriminated against because of his orientation, and that the police force is fined 20 million dollars (18 million Euro), CNN wrote last month.

Keith Wildhaber says that he has been told several times that he had to tone down his "gay behaviour" if he ever wanted to have a chance at a promotion. A witness confirmed the statement.

Wildhaber receives 1.9 million dollars in compensation for this form of discrimination, while the force has to transfer another 10 million dollars as a civil fine. The American was allegedly intimidated by his superiors when he announced his plans to report this. For that reason, they have to pay another $ 1 million as compensation, in addition to a $ 7 million fine.

Through these civil fines, the court wants to make a "statement". "If people discriminate in this country, they will pay a high price for it," said a spokesperson.

In response to the lawsuit, the police force has said it will add new members to the board: "Because everyone should feel welcome here." To achieve this, the organization must be examined "from top to bottom", according to a spokesperson.




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