Lawyer Monthly Interviews Matthew McNicholas to Discuss the Increase in IOD Retaliation Cases
In the Lawyer Monthly article “Why Are More Officers Injured on Duty in the LAPD?” Partner Matthew McNicholas discussed why Injured On Duty (IOD) retaliation cases have increased in the past ten years, and why the CompStat tracking system is part of the reason behind the increase.
The increase in the volume and duration of these cases can be attributed to workplace stress created by management when dealing with internal employment issues. According to Matt, CompStat allows and causes the LAPD to closely monitor stats, including data on sick time and the time taken off for injuries. This results in the department clamping down on people who are sick and injured, leading to violations and lawsuits.
“IOD retaliation lawsuits were almost nonexistent 10 years ago, before LAPD relied on CompStat to review its captains and supervisors. Now, officers are being punished for taking time they’re entitled to, and they’re taking legal action,” Matt said. “These type of retaliation lawsuits account for 30% of the cases I see now.”