Daily Journal Features Firm’s $1.25M Settlement in LAPD Religious Discrimination Suit
As published in Daily Journal, McNicholas & McNicholas obtained a $1.25M settlement against the City of Los Angeles on behalf of LAPD Officer Victoria and her husband Sergeant A.J. DeBellis for religious discrimination.
In addition to the couple facing religious discrimination, Victoria was also subjected to harassment. She had been a sworn-in officer for more than 10 years when she began experiencing harassment from a fellow officer, who propositioned her several times and touched her inappropriately, inflicting physical harm on her. As a result of Victoria’s’ rejection of these passes, she was assigned to another department, at which point the harassment and discrimination not only continued, but worsened. Another officer made derogatory statements about DeBellis and her religion, and even physically attacked her.
McNicholas & McNicholas was successful in proving violations of the Fair Employment and Housing Act, arguing that the Department failed to protect Victoria and A.J. from harassment, discrimination and retaliation.