Dispatcher says Newport Beach chief used position to intimidate
On behalf of RGLawyers, LLP posted in Employer Retaliation on Thursday, May 16, 2013.
Police departments across the state of California are under the microscope, facing a number of employment lawsuits over the past several years. In 2008, one of these lawsuits was heard involving officers with the city of Newport Beach. A former police officer testified in this trial and was fired in 2011. The action brought another lawsuit against the city alleging retaliation and wrongful termination, but it didn’t stop there.
The former police officer was married to another employee of the Newport Beach Police Department. His wife worked as a dispatcher from the year 1990 full-time and 2001 part-time until she was fired in February 2012. Having her job terminated wasn’t the only violation she says she suffered. She also stated — in a third complaint filed against the city — that the Newport Beach Police Chief Jay Johnson used his position to subject her to sexual harassment and intimidation her before she was fired.