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LAPD lieutenant wins $4.7 million in lawsuit claiming disability discrimination and retaliation

LOS ANGELES — A jury on Monday awarded $4.37 million to a veteran Los Angeles police lieutenant who sued the city for disability discrimination and retaliation, accusing a supervisor of accusing a plaintiff of on-duty back problems. and the department ignored his requests for light duty. heal.

The Los Angeles Superior Court panel deliberated for nearly two days before switching in favor of Lieutenant Lou Vince, who is also a member of the Agua Dulce Town Council and unsuccessfully contested for the 25th Congressional District seat in 2016 that had been won earlier that year. was retained by Rep. Steve Knight, R-Santa Clarita.

Vince was hired in 1995, received many accolades during his career and, according to his court papers, was promoted frequently, which further states that he had no contact with his supervisors prior to the events prior to his trial. There was no negative issue.

Vince’s lawsuit, filed in April 2018, also alleges a failure to accommodate appropriately and a failure to engage in an interactive process.

In their court papers, attorneys for the City Attorney’s office stated that the LAPD had “lawful, non-discriminatory and non-retaliatory reasons for every action” taken against Vince, denying that there was a reason to complain. Retaliatory action was taken against him.

Vince’s court papers state that Vince suffered a back injury as a patrol officer in 2008 and had spinal fusion surgery in 2015.

While recovering at home, his supervisor captain called several times to pressure him to return to work despite being disabled, his court papers said.

When Vince returned, his boss was furious that the plaintiffs had medical work restrictions and insisted that he removed them, according to Vince’s court papers. Vince complied, but was unable to work wearing his full duty belt due to back problems, his court papers said.

Vince was never given a light-duty position because he requested permission to recover his back, his court papers said.

When Vince complained about disability discrimination, he was subjected to retaliation through station transfers and job reassignments, according to his court papers.

In 2017, Vince learned from his wife, LAPD Lieutenant Stacey Vince, that a deputy chief had kept a secret file on him that was not part of his official personnel file, according to Vince’s court papers.

According to Vince’s court papers, “According to the department, despite an internal investigation that keeping the file was not misconduct, the secret file was apparently destroyed and no longer exists.”

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