Female police lieutenant claims discrimination by male colleagues in Glendale
A female police lieutenant claims in a lawsuit that she endured years of on-the-job discrimination at the hands of male colleagues at the Glendale Police Department.
Police Lt. Susan Hayn is the eighth officer known to have filed a discrimination suit this year against the department.
All the plaintiffs, including Hayn, are represented by Santa Monica-based attorney Carney Shegerian.
Hayn, who has worked for the city since 1985, alleges years of gender discrimination and harassment by her male colleagues, according to the lawsuit. The complaint singles out multiple police officers and city officials, including City Manager Jim Starbird, former Glendale Police Chief Randy Adams and multiple captains.
In her lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court, Hayn claimed that she was repeatedly denied transfer requests while less senior male sergeants had theirs signed off on. She was also told she had "hit the glass ceiling," according to federal court records.
Hayn also says she was falsely accused of having an affair with someone within the department after being promoted to sergeant in 2003.
She recently left her role as West Area commander for a position in another unit, a change that is not mentioned in the lawsuit.
-- Melanie Hicken