Las Vegas Metro Police Award $40,000 to Former Officer in Discrimination Claim
Southern Nevada police departments continue to be on the losing end of a number of lawsuits. Last month, over $300,000 was awarded to Adam Green, a man who was severely beaten by Henderson Police and Nevada Highway patrol during a highway traffic stop. The man, presumed to be driving while intoxicated, was instead in the throes of a diabetic shock episode. If you have suffered personal injury due to an incident with a Southern Nevada Law enforcement agency, contact Benson and Bingham for a free legal consultation today.
Earlier this week, the Las Vegas Metro Police announced an award to a former officer for discriminatory practices due to the department’s restrictive facial hair policy. Retired Las Vegas Metro Police Officer, Ira Carter sued the department in 2010 regarding the department’s no facial hair policy. Mr. Carter suffered from a skin condition that made shaving very dangerous. The condition, called pseudofolliculitis barbae, causes scarring, cystic nodules and severe rashes after shaving. Mr. Carter had a waiver on the shaving policy for 14 years but in February 2009 he was reprimanded. On the word of Mr. Carter’s supervisors, Lieutenant Robert Sebby and Captain Stavros Anthony, Mr. Carter was cited for insubordination and had an internal affairs investigation directed at him. He was awarded $40,000. If you have been injured by unfair work rules, contact Benson and Bingham today.
This is not the first time Las Vegas Metro Police faced discrimination charges due to their facial hair policy. Officer Steve Riback, an Orthodox Jew, sued the department because the facial hair policy prevented him from growing his beard. He was eventually awarded $350,000 when he settled his discrimination case. If you have suffered a workplace injury and wish to recover for lost work, contact Benson and Bingham today.
If you are from Southern Nevada and have been injured in a workplace incident, contact Benson and Bingham for a free legal consultation today. Our team of Nevada licensed personal injury attorneys work to develop strong trusting relationships with those we represent. The success of this method is evident in the $24,000,000 we secured for our clients in 2010 and 2011.