A former police captain for the Beverly Hills Police Department filed a lawsuit alleging he faced discrimination based on his age and religion at work. According to CBS Los Angeles, the city agreed to a $2.3 million settlement. Rosen’s case was scheduled to go to trial next week, but as part of his settlement, he will now retire this week.
Inappropriate comments made about age and religion
Rosen is sixty years old and Jewish. He filed his suit in 2016. He alleged numerous comments were made about his age and religion, as well about the age and religion of others in the department. Rosen stated that he heard Police Chief Sandra Spagnoli say derogatory remarks about Jews, Catholics and lesbians.
His reporting allegedly was retaliated against
The former captain also alleged when he reported the inappropriate conduct, he was denied opportunities for promotions. He was also transferred to an inferior position.
Chief Spagnoli hired to reform the department
Beverly Hills hired Spagnoli in 2016 to bring reform and modernization to the department. Rosen stated he had high hopes for Spagnoli, but was completed disappointed by her behavior.
At least 20 other police employees have filed discrimination complaints or lawsuits against Spagnoli.
EEOC prohibits workplace discrimination
According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Age Discrimination Employment Act protects workers over age 40 from discrimination based on age. This law prohibits discrimination in all areas of employment, including job assignments, promotions, compensation, employment benefits and any other employment terms.
Discrimination based on religion, sex, race, disability, national origin, and genetic information is also prohibited by the EEOC. California also has the Fair Employment and Housing Act that protects against workplace discrimination.
Legal options are available
If you are facing workplace discrimination, you do not have to face it alone. You can reach out to an experienced employment law attorney. An attorney can review your case and help you pursue justice.