Daily Journal Publishes Settlement Involving Whistleblowing Case
As published in Daily Journal, Partner Matthew McNicholas was successful in obtaining a $500,000 settlement on behalf of 34-year-old Los Angeles Police Department veteran Sergeant Wayne Guillary. The lawsuit alleges that Guillary faced discrimination, harassment and retaliation for speaking out against suspected racism and illegal activity in the Department.
In one event, Guillary was berated and demeaned by a captain for merely informing his supervisor of a traffic accident in which an officer was taken to the hospital. In another incident in 2015, he received his first Notice to Correct Deficiencies for allegedly not informing his captain about a late-night police chase involving an officer; however, Guillary had called his captain the night of the incident, spoke to him and documented such call in the official division log. In the same year, Guillary was demoted from a watch commander due to a 1997 medical condition that had never been used against him before for any reason.