A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge has dismissed a major discrimination and harassment lawsuit filed by a former police lieutenant.
In filing the lawsuit, former Burbank Police Lt. Omar Rodriguez claimed he was placed on administrative leave in retaliation for complaining of an improper relationship between the police chief and the officers union.
He also claimed he suffered racial discrimination and “repeated acts of harassment.”
But in dismissing the claims last week, Superior Court Judge Joanna O’Donnell said they lacked merit, and Rodriguez’s bid to sue on behalf of other officers who allegedly faced harassment was unfounded.
Solomon Gresen, an attorney for Rodriguez in his discrimination lawsuit, said Tuesday that they had yet to determine their next move.
“We’re evaluating the decision and we’ll be filing an appeal when appropriate,” Gresen said. “Obviously we’re disappointed.”
Rodriguez, who filed his suit in 2009 with four other officers, was fired in April of last year. He was the highest-ranking officer to bring a discrimination lawsuit against the city.