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Sergeant Told To ‘Tone Down The Gayness’ Wins $20M In Damages

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Sergeant Told To ‘Tone Down The Gayness’ Wins $20M In Damages

Sergeant Told To ‘Tone Down The Gayness’ Wins $20M In Damages

A sergeant came out of court with his head held high and nearly $20 million extra in his pockets after winning a discrimination case.

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Keith Wildhaber of St Louis county filed a lawsuit against the police in 2017, after allegedly being passed over for a promotion 23 times despite excellent performance reviews. In his suit, he said back in 2014 he was told to “tone down the gayness” to get a promotion by John Saracino, who was a member of the St Louis County Board of Police Commissioners. Mr. Saracino denied making the comment.

After making a complaint, Sgt Wildhaber said he was reassigned to work the midnight shift in a station that was further away from his home. A witness came forward for Sgt Wildhaber and testifies that a local police captain, Guy Means, called Sgt Wildhaber “fruity” and that she heard him say he would never be bumped up as he was “way too out there with his gayness”. Captain Means also denied making those comments. Despite that, The Missouri jury found Sgt Wildhaber had indeed been discriminated against and also believes he was the victim of retaliation after making a complaint.

NBC News reports that a jury on Friday awarded $1.9 million in actual damages and $10 million in punitive damages for discrimination, and $990,000 in actual damages and $7 million in punitive damages for retaliation after a weeklong trial.

The county executive released a statement promising leadership changes to the police board, which oversees the police chief.

“Our police department must be a place where every community member and every officer is respected and treated with dignity,” Dr. Sam Page, the county executive, said on Twitter. “Employment decisions in the department must be made on merit and who is best for the job.”

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