A Los Angeles jury awarded $3.5 million yesterday to three female police officers in Glendale, Ca., saying that the city’s police department had failed to protect them from on-the-job discrimination, sexual harassment and retaliation.
Jurors deliberated for three weeks before finding the city liable for maintaining a hostile work environment, the Los Angeles Times said. The women’s lawsuit contended that sexually explicit videos were shown at roll call, that superiors made unwanted advances, and that the women were subjected to retaliation after they refused the alleged advances.
Jamie Franke, 36, and Renae Kerner, 40, were each awarded $1.3 million and Kathryn Frieders, 31, was awarded $850,000. Defense attorney Irma Rodriguez Moisa accused the plaintiffs of lying to secure “the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.”