Matthew Suárez 12:30 p.m., Feb. 27
City Loses Discrimination Suit
A federal court jury has awarded Alison Terry $100,000, agreeing with her claim that the City of San Diego is guilty of discrimination by failing to routinely denying promotions to females in its lifeguard division.
The jury found the City guilty of discrimination under both federal and state law. Terry will now ask the court for injunctive relief, forcing the City to cease discriminatory practices.
“We are very pleased with the verdict and that the City will now be required to stop discriminating against women in the Lifeguard Service,” said Terry, a former seasonal lifeguard. “We’re not going to have to sit in the back of the bus any longer.”
“This verdict is the beginning of the end for the old boys’ club that has existed for decades in the City’s Lifeguard Service,” said Terry’s attorney, Michael Conger, who has previously successfully sued the city in several pension cases. “We will be asking the federal court to take stern measures to enjoin this discrimination which has festered far too long.”
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