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Former Beauty Queen, Police Officer Loses Wrongful Termination Suit

A San Diego Superior Court judge has ruled in favor of the Chula Vista Police Department over the termination of former officer and beauty queen Deanna Mory.

The police department hopes the ruling will end a five year legal battle with Mory, who was originally terminated in 2008 after she entered her ex-boyfriend’s home and took back an $18,000 diamond ring she’d returned after breaking off an engagement. A different judge earlier last week ruled in a criminal case that the ring did indeed belong to the former fiancé, and ordered it returned to him.

Mory had been involved in litigation against her former employer for two years prior to her dismissal, first filing a discrimination suit after being crowned Ms. California in 2006 and being ordered by the department to surrender her crown and not to participate in the Ms. United States Pageant in Las Vegas. The department argued that the beauty pageants were interfering with her police training.

Mory instead chose to participate in the national pageant, then filed a second suit in 2007 alleging retaliation and conspiracy by nine lieutenants and top city officials to pressure the police union to drop her case. She lost both suits.

Another wrongful termination action is still pending in federal court, which city and police officials in Chula Vista hope will be dismissed.

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A San Diego Superior Court judge has ruled in favor of the Chula Vista Police Department over the termination of former officer and beauty queen Deanna Mory.

The police department hopes the ruling will end a five year legal battle with Mory, who was originally terminated in 2008 after she entered her ex-boyfriend’s home and took back an $18,000 diamond ring she’d returned after breaking off an engagement. A different judge earlier last week ruled in a criminal case that the ring did indeed belong to the former fiancé, and ordered it returned to him.

Mory had been involved in litigation against her former employer for two years prior to her dismissal, first filing a discrimination suit after being crowned Ms. California in 2006 and being ordered by the department to surrender her crown and not to participate in the Ms. United States Pageant in Las Vegas. The department argued that the beauty pageants were interfering with her police training.

Mory instead chose to participate in the national pageant, then filed a second suit in 2007 alleging retaliation and conspiracy by nine lieutenants and top city officials to pressure the police union to drop her case. She lost both suits.

Another wrongful termination action is still pending in federal court, which city and police officials in Chula Vista hope will be dismissed.

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There is no doubt in my mind this woman was discriminated against by her male superiors at CVPD over her entering and participating in these "beauty pageants".

I think "beauty pageants" are stoopid, but that is just MHO, if she wants to do that kind of stuff good for her. As long as it is legal and it does not interfer with her job then she is free to do whatever she wants to.

I hope she appeals this state ruling and I hope she succeeds in federal court.

Here is the federal case;

http://dockets.justia.com/docket/california/casdce/3:2010cv00252/315222/

Oct. 31, 2011

There are many instances where attractive women get by on their looks and little else. This is a case where looks didn't help out career-wise.

But, good Grief! An $18,000 (!) engagement ring and she gives it back? That guy was loaded or totally head-over-heels in love or both, and she breaks the engagement. Ya' wondah.

Oct. 31, 2011

But, good Grief! An $18,000 (!) engagement ring and she gives it back?

She didn't buy it-she HAD to give it back. Since the engagement was over she had no right to keep it.

She is no that good looking IMO, but she has a right to do this kind of stuff if she wants to (and it does not interfer with her job). It is also my understanding that she had graduated with a BA in criminal justice, so she has a college degree.

If you go to the docket I listed on her you can see the other cases-she has a number in the federal system, and one was set for trial a month or two ago, but the parties said they reached a settlement back in April, which makes this state case seem very odd, since they supposedly settlled the wrongful termination case..............

Oct. 31, 2011

You missed my point. After getting an $18K ring from a suitor, most women would marry the guy with no reservation. If he was willing to cough up that much "dinero" for just the ring, what would life be like after tying the knot?

Your other point is well taken. Perhaps our reporter thought some sort of preliminary or procedural ruling was the final word. If the Crowe family can get $7 1/2 million out of two cities for a botched investigation, there is money to be had for any sort of abuse. This case could take on a life of its own and be worth many, many thousands of dollars to the plaintiff.

Oct. 31, 2011

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