McNicholas & McNicholas Obtains $950K Settlement for LAPD Sergeant in Whistleblower Retaliation Lawsuit

Posted on August 7, 2017

McNicholas & McNicholas obtained a $950,000 settlement on behalf of an LAPD sergeant who was harassed and retaliated against for reporting the misuse of federal grant money. The sergeant was the Officer-In-Charge of the LAPD’s Counter Terrorism Training Unit, and in that role, he was designated to maintain, store and train the entire Department on the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in the event of a chemical attack. PPE was purchased through federal grant money.

The sergeant reported several violations of the federal grant, including the misuse of funds to purchase items other than PPE. After several years of investigations, he was demoted and moved out of his department. The stated reason for his demotion was a single instance of inappropriately working overtime during his 24-year career with the LAPD.