A non-sworn Los Angeles Airport Police officer reached a settlement with the city resolving a lawsuit in which she alleged she was discriminated against and dubbed a “problem child” because of her military obligations as a member of the Air Force Reserves.
Kevin Salute, an attorney for plaintiff Christina Cosey, filed a notice of settlement on July 29 with Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Daniel S. Murphy. No terms were divulged and the court papers state the resolution is contingent upon City Council approval.
After Cosey took military leave several times in 2017 and 2018, she was pestered by her supervisors about her military orders and told her “focus needs to be on her civilian employment” and that the city “will not take a back seat to the military,” according to the suit filed in August 2018.
Cosey also alleged she was harassed by a male colleague who made a sexually inappropriate comment on the job. She alleged nothing was done when she complained and that she was given written criticisms for small matters, denied overtime offered other officers and told she would be considered AWOL if she took additional military leave, all in retaliation for coming forward.
“Plaintiff was told by her supervisors that she was a “problem child,” the suit alleges.
Lawyers for the city maintained in their court papers that in Cosey’s deposition testimony she acknowledged that the department took no adverse employment action against her and did not subject her to disparate treatment due to her military status.
The attorneys further stated that the department stopped the co-worker’s alleged sexual harassment by arranging that the two never worked together again.