Police lieutenant suing the city for gender discrimination, retaliation

September 13, 2018 - 9:56 pm

A Wichita Police Lieutenant is suing the city for Title VII and Civil Rights Act violations, specifically, gender discrimination and retaliation.

The lieutenant, in a federal lawsuit, says she applied for a promotion to captain with the department in March. Chief Gordon Ramsay asked other members of the police department and herself to complete a survey from "SurveyMonkey” in which people could rank applicants anonymously. 

In April, she learned that a “lesser qualified male Lieutenant was promoted to Captain.”

She questioned the promotion process but the chief wouldn't speak to her, so she reported her concern to HR via email as well as others within the department.

She was then told the department was putting her under investigation because of the email. The lieutenant believes she was denied a promotion because of her sex, and disciplined in retaliation for her complaint about unfair treatment.  

She filed a Charge of Discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission but in June received a Dismissal.

Her lawsuit asks for at least $75,000 in damages. 

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