Iowa cop’s sex, religious discrimination case settled for $95,000

A federal discrimination lawsuit by a former Mason City, Iowa, police officer against the city has been settlement. Maria Ohl filed the suit in November 2010 while she was an officer with the Mason City Police Department, claiming sex discrimination, religious discrimination and retaliation by the Police Department. Under the terms of the settlement, the city denied any wrongdoing or admission of liability, and Ohl will receive $95,000 from the city’s insurance carrier. Ohl claimed she was subjected to ongoing harassment and discriminatory treatment because of her sex and was denied training and promotional opportunities. She said she had been repeatedly subjected to inappropriate behavior, including a male officer pointing an unloaded gun at her head and pulling the trigger, and several instances of lewd language and gestures.

Striving for equality is a constant battle in America. Despite many laws put into place to prevent discrimination and equality, it seems that there still persists inequality in many instances across the country. In the workplace, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it illegal to discriminate against someone on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex. The law forbids discrimination when it comes to any aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoff, training, fringe benefits, and any other term or condition of employment. Please visit the EEOC’s website for further information:

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