Discrimination in the workplace is illegal and should not be tolerated. At Rager & Yoon – Employment Lawyers, we strive to stand up for the rights of workers in and around the Los Angeles area. We understand how detrimental workplace discrimination can be, which is why we always like to highlight cases in our area that demonstrate how workers can stand up to those who cause a hostile work environment. Here, we want to discuss the ongoing case of alleged discrimination against Los Angeles airport police officers.
The airport police discrimination case
In August 2020, members of the union that represents Los Angeles airport police called for an independent investigation of the airport operator’s deputy executive director of law enforcement and homeland security, David Maggard. They claim that the director has taken discriminatory actions against employees for years. This includes demoting them for filing complaints and using racial epithets.
“The majority of our department are officers of color. We reflect and are part of the community we serve,” said Marshall McClain, the president of the association.
Representatives from the Los Angeles World Airports said that they reject any allegation of Airport Police discriminating retaliating against officers in any way. They say they have a long history of inclusion and are proud of their diversity in both their sworn and civilian personnel.
Maggard took the job as chief of airport police in 2016 and was appointed to the deputy executive director position in August 2019. According to lawsuits, airport police have filed many complaints about alleged wrongful termination and discrimination against director Maggard. However, no disciplinary action has been taken by the city or the Airport Commission.
The union representing the officers is asking that the city of Los Angeles also participate in the investigation.
When we turn to the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), we can see that both state and federal law prohibit workplace discrimination based on a person’s:
- Genetic Information
- National Origin
- Marital status
- Sexual orientation
- Gender identity/gender expression
There are various ways that a person can face discrimination In the workplace. This begins with the hiring process and can occur after a person gains employment. Discrimination can appear in the job assignments a person receives, in pay and promotion decisions, disciplinary actions, performance reviews, and more.
Let our attorneys help with your discrimination case
If you or somebody you care about has faced discrimination in the workplace, you should speak to an attorney about your case as soon as possible. At Rager & Yoon – Employment Lawyers, our knowledgeable team has extensive experience handling these cases and standing up for the rights of those who have been discriminated against in the workplace. We will conduct an investigation into your case, and we refuse to back down until you receive the compensation you deserve. When you need a Los Angeles discrimination attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling us at 310-527-6994.