A St. Louis County police sergeant who claimed to "alleviate his gays" when he wanted to be promoted was reportedly awarded nearly $ 19 million.
Sgt. Keith Wildhaber filed a lawsuit against the police department in 2017, alleging that he had been passed over for promotion because he was gay.
A panel of judges pronounced actual damages of $ 1.9 million on Friday and punitive damages of $ 10 million for discrimination of $ 990,000 from NBC subsidiary KSDK of St. Louis, reporting actual damages and $ 7 million Punitive compensation for retaliation after a week's trial Previously, he worked for the armed forces for four years.
"We wanted to send a message," the jury's unidentified foreman told reporters, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper. "If you discriminate, you pay a high price … you can not defend the unsustainable."
District councilor Beth Orwick told the newspaper on Friday that the district was exploring its legal options.
"We are thrilled with our client," said lawyers from Wildhaber after the decision of the jury, which they described as "historical judgment" according to KSDK.
"His bravery and courage to stand up for the right should be an inspiration to employees everywhere, justice was done in this process, and no client could be more deserving than Keith." The jury acted as the conscience of the community and spoke loud and clear in their verdict, "his lawyers said in the statement.
Leadership According to the broadcaster, Sam Page said, there would be changes in the district police on Sunday. He said in a statement on Twitter that these changes involve the appointment of new members to the police department to oversee the police chief.
Wildhaber's lawsuit stated that in 2014, St. John Saracino, a member of the Louis County Board of Police Commissioners, said: "The command staff has a problem with their sexuality, if you ever want to see a white shirt [i.e. get a promotion] You should weaken your homosexuality. "
Wildhaber has reportedly filed a discrimination lawsuit with the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Missouri Human Rights Commission in 2016, and according to the lawsuit, was transferred one afternoon later afternoons to a Jennings area located in the northeastern part of the US County is located.