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Former LAX policewoman awarded nearly $1 million for gender discrimination

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This post had been corrected. See note at the bottom for details.

A woman who was formerly a Los Angeles Airport police lieutenant has been awarded nearly $1 million in a gender discrimination case by a jury this week.

After a weeklong trial in Superior Court in Los Angeles, the jury Wednesday awarded Kathleen Green $925,209 for the gender discrimination she suffered that made her unable to be promoted to captain.

But Green’s claims of retaliation and harassment were denied.

“I didn’t want to file this lawsuit, but I had to stand up for myself and other women at the LAX police Department,” Green said in a statement. “I now hope females in law enforcement agencies will be given the same opportunities as their male counterparts.”

Green, who worked for the LAX Police Department since 1980 and held a lieutenant’s rank for 10 years, alleged that being female prevented her timely promotion to a captain’s position.

She retired last year because, according to her lawyers, “she could no longer take the discrimination at work.”

Joseph Y. Avrahamy, lead trial attorney in the case, said in a statement that he was “very satisfied” with the jury’s verdict and happy the jury “recognized the mistreatment” Green endured at the hands of management of the LAX Police Dept.”

Green’s attorney, Yael Trock, said her client was discriminated against because “she is a petite woman who did not fit the mold of a captain in a law enforcement organization.”

But, she added, “she should have been promoted to the captain’s position several years ago based upon her qualifications.”

[For the Record, 10:55 a.m. July 28: A previous version of this post mistakenly referred to Yael Trock as a man. Trock is a woman.]

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Photo: Los Angeles Airport Police Motor Officer Ray Woods, left, meets with other Airport Police Officers in front of the American Airlines Terminal 4 at LAX on May 2. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

 
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