An awarded Los Angeles Police District officer was recently awarded $125,000 worth of damages in a discrimination and retaliation lawsuit.
Officer Paul Waymire, who has been previously given the state’s highest public safety award “Medal of Valor”, claimed that he was discriminated on by a Latino supervisor because he was white.
When he filed a complaint, he allegedly was retaliated on by the department and denied promotions even though he was more qualified than other applicants.
The jury decided in favor of Waymire’s lawsuit and awarded $125,000 for his pain and suffering.
Under the law, it is illegal to retaliate against an employee for complaining about harassment or discrimination in the workplace. An employer can be held liable for damages or loss of wages because of his retaliation or discrimination.