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Westminster Police Department Sued by 3 Latino Officers for Discrimination

Police departments may have been created to protect and defend the public, but there’s a long history of discrimination behind the force.

In Southern California, 3 Latino police officers have filed an employment discrimination lawsuit alleging that the Westminster Police Department did not promote them because of their ethnicity.

One of the complainants, Brian Perez, is a U.S. Marine Corps major who has worked for the Orange County city since 2003 and has received several awards and positive performance evaluations from the Department. According to him, when he applied for a detective position a few years back, he was passed over for a white candidate who was only a year on the job and had no college or military experience.

The other officers claimed that they were turned down for special assignments and detective work in narcotics and gangs despite having received honors, awards, and good performance reviews. They filed a complaint with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing last year and filed a lawsuit in federal court last February.

According to their attorney, the plaintiffs are seeking monetary damages as well as promotions to the positions they claimed to deserve more than the white officers with fewer qualifications.

Under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, it is prohibited to treat an employee or applicant less favorably because he or she is a member of a certain race or because of personal characteristics associated with race or because they are from a particular country or part of the world.

Race and color discrimination as well as national origin discrimination is unlawful and if you wish to know more about it, you may call the Mesriani Law Group for expert legal advice at our hotline number: 1-866-325-4529 or visit us at 12400 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 810 Los Angeles California, 90025.

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  1. James Mayer says

    These officers shouldn’t be judged by their ethnicity if their qualifications really can land them the positions that they are applying for. We should all be aware that this practice still exists and that employers need to change it.

  2. hailey marshall says

    I agree with you, Zara. A person should be judged based on his performance, not on his ethnicity. Hopefuly, the propblem will be resolved soon because this issue can really damage the department’s reputation.

  3. judie hirsh says

    what was the outcome?



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