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By Maria Hsin, maria.hsin@latimes.com | March 3, 2012
A state appeals court this week denied the appeal of former Burbank police officer Elfego Rodriguez, who challenged a decision to drop him from a lawsuit with four other officers. Rodriguez alleged he was discriminated against and that the city and police department failed to take reasonable steps to address the situation, according to court documents. Rodriguez, together with former officer Omar Rodriguez and officers Cindy Guillen-Gomez, Steve Karagiosian and Jamal Childs, filed a lawsuit in May 2009 that included claims of sexual harassment and violations of the Fair Employment and Housing Act. In July 2010, a trial court granted the city's request to drop Elfego Rodriguez from the case, agreeing with city defense attorneys that his claims had no merit.
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By Gretchen Meier, gretchen.meier@latimes.com | August 14, 2010
With the city still recovering from an officer-involved shooting, several police civil rights lawsuits and probes into allegations of misconduct, officials are gearing up for a public forum on Wednesday in which residents will be able to voice their concerns. While the forum was approved by the City Council, Mayor Anja Reinke said it was more about the chance for the public to interact with police officials. "I hope the community comes out and is able to get their questions answered by the Police Department," said Reinke, who acts as the council's liaison to the Police Commission.
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By Maria Hsin, maria.hsin@latimes.com | April 3, 2012
Jurors in a trial brought by an Armenian American Burbank police detective who alleged he was harassed and faced discrimination were asked by his attorney Tuesday to award him $600,000 to $1 million. In his closing arguments in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Solomon Gresen, who is representing police Det. Steve Karagiosian, told jurors that the city does not deny that ethnic slurs were made, but instead is downplaying their significance. “The defense is not saying it didn't happen,” Gresen said.
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December 12, 2001
Ryan Carter BURBANK -- A trio of city employees suing the city for job discrimination and wrongful termination must amend portions of their claim, a Los Angeles Superior Coury judge has ruled. In his order, issued last week, Judge William Highberger asked attorneys for Tina Staffon, Richard Benson and Beverly Starleaf to amend their claims of age and disability discrimination, job retaliation, gender discrimination, sexual harassment and wrongful discharge.
THE818NOW
By Mark Kellam, mark.kellam@latimes.com | February 26, 2013
A discrimination lawsuit filed by a former manager of a Home Depot in Burbank against the company was settled earlier this month, court records show. Last month, a U.S. District judge ordered an independent mental evaluation of Danielle Mailhoit, who claimed she was fired in 2010 due to gender discrimination and because she suffers from vertigo. She claimed the company didn't make appropriate accommodations for her condition, an allegation Home Depot denies. The company countered that there were valid reasons for Mailhoit's termination, stating “there existed legitimate, nondiscriminatory and nonretaliatory reasons” for her dismissal.
NEWS
November 21, 2001
Ryan Carter BURBANK -- Burbank officials are hoping that two discrimination lawsuits pending against the city will go the way of a case that was dismissed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court. Judge Madeleine Flier upheld the city's motion Tuesday to dismiss the discrimination suit filed by Marie Galvez, Lawrence Lee Wagenbach and Swen Williams, after the plaintiffs failed to produce an amended complaint, authorities said. The trio alleged in their lawsuit, which was filed in May, that while they were employed in the city's Public Services Department last year, they endured racial and age discrimination by Assistant General Manager Richard Corbi while suffering retaliation and wrongful termination for making internal complaints.
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By Christopher Cadelago | June 19, 2010
DOWNTOWN — The Burbank Police Department has severed ties with three more police officers, bringing to 10 the total number of officers fired since the city initiated a probe into allegations of misconduct stemming from the 2007 Porto's Bakery robbery. All of the officers were fired for allegedly acting improperly or using excessive force. While some of the alleged misconduct occurred during the robbery investigation, other actions were discovered when the city widened its internal review of the incident.
NEWS
October 2, 2009
The latest lawsuit filed against the Burbank Police Department this week brings the number of current and former officers claiming some form of mistreatment to seven, a disturbing trend that begs a high-level review of just what’s going on over there. In the latest lawsuit, police Capt. Bill Taylor alleged he was unfairly demoted from his post as deputy chief after pushing for investigations into claims of abuse and sexual misconduct among the rank and file. Four officers and a lieutenant filed a discrimination lawsuit against the department in May alleging racial discrimination and sexual harassment, followed by a lawsuit in July from a Japanese American former police detective claiming he was unlawfully fired in retaliation for lodging racial discrimination complaints.
THE818NOW
May 10, 2012
A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge on Thursday told jurors they cannot consider claims made by Burbank Police Officer Cindy Guillen that she faced harassment based on her ethnicity and gender. The ruling leaves jurors to consider only whether Guillen faced discrimination because of her pregnancy, and retaliation when she complained. She also alleges in her lawsuit that the city did nothing to address her complaints. Guillen had alleged that she was sexually harassed and, as a Latina, faced on-the-job discrimination - accusations the city denied earlier this week in court.
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