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Harassment Suit Hits Roseville Police Department

If you are gay or perceived to be gay, you may want to seek employment elsewhere other than the Roseville Police Department.

A harassment complaint was filed against the department by two of its police officers and one former police officer. Sergeant Darin DeFreece, patrol officer Kenneth Marler and former officer Mike Lackl alleged that the department employed discriminatory acts to those officers who are gay or are perceived to be gay.

Specifically, DeFreece claimed that being perceived as a gay slowed his career advancement. Marler who identified himself as a gay “was treated as if he was infectious.”

Consequently, the three men sought unspecified monetary damages for emotional distress and loss of earnings.

On its part, the department’s spokeswoman Megan MacPherson said that the claims were baseless and unfounded after an independent investigator probed into the allegations.

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