The Burbank City Council this week voted this week to appeal a nearly $1.3-million verdict awarded to former Deputy Police Chief William Taylor after he claimed in a lawsuit that he faced on-the-job retaliation.
The move will prolong a case that has already racked up more then $1 million in legal fees and other costs for the city, a fact that prompted Councilman David Gordon to be the lone dissenter in the 3-1 vote on Tuesday.
Councilman Jess Talamantes was absent from the closed session meeting.
Taylor sued in 2009, claiming he was demoted to captain, and later fired, for highlighting sexual and racial issues within the department. In March, a jury awarded Taylor nearly $1.3 million, siding with his claims that he was retaliated against, demoted and fired for complaining about problems in the department and refusing to fire minority officers.