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By Melanie Hicken, melanie.hicken@latimes.com | August 17, 2010
CITY HALL — A female police lieutenant who says she endured years of on-the-job discrimination is the latest officer to file a lawsuit against the Glendale Police Department. Police Lt. Susan Hayn is the eighth officer known to have filed a discrimination suit this year against the Police Department. All the plaintiffs, including Hayn, are represented by Santa Monica-based attorney Carney Shegerian. Hayn, who has worked for the city since 1985, alleges years of gender discrimination and harassment by her male colleagues, according to the lawsuit.
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By Gretchen Meier, gretchen.meier@latimes.com | May 24, 2011
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.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | July 15, 2010
GLENDALE— A federal judge has narrowed the scope of a lawsuit filed by five Glendale police officers who alleged discrimination and harassment due to their ethnic backgrounds. After reviewing arguments and a motion by the city to dismiss the case, U.S. District Court Judge Christina Synder on Friday dismissed at least two dozen defendants from the lawsuit because the allegations against them weren't sufficiently severe, according to federal court records. City officials hailed the ruling as indicative of the weak case against the Police Department.
LOCAL
By Veronica Rocha | January 6, 2010
GLENDALE — A Glendale police sergeant has dropped his lawsuit against the city for alleged retaliation and discrimination because of his race and a physical injury, court officials said. Sgt. Vahak Mardikian had filed a lawsuit in 2007 alleging he was denied several promotions and the right to return to work as a full-duty officer after a knee injury because he is Armenian. Jury selection was originally scheduled to start Tuesday, but he filed for dismissal of the lawsuit Friday.
LOCAL
By Ryan Vaillancourt | February 25, 2008
BURBANK ? Capping an end to a tense trial that pitted the Glendale Police Department against one of its veteran officers, a jury found on Friday that the department did not engage in discrimination in denying the officer?s attempts at promotion. Twenty-two-year Officer Patricia Larrigan, who was injured on the job in 1994, alleged that she was denied a promotion to sergeant because of her disabilities. But department officials argued that while Larrigan passed two of three portions of the sergeant testing process in 2003 and 2005, she never passed all three.
NEWS
January 8, 2002
Tim Willert DOWNTOWN -- The Glendale Human Relations Coalition, in an attempt foster cultural tolerance, has invited a panel of leaders from Muslim, Arab and Sikh communities to discuss the discrimination they have faced since the Sept. 11 attacks. Assistant City Manager Bob McFall will moderate the question-and-answer session, which starts at 7 p.m. Jan. 17 at Fire Station 21. "We hope that it will heighten the awareness of diversity in the community and the need to understand people different from ourselves," board member Pam Ellis said Monday.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | June 25, 2012
Four current and a former Glendale Armenian American police officers can move forward with their federal discrimination and harassment lawsuit against the city after a judge last week refused to throw out the claims. U.S. District Court Judge Josephine Tucker denied most of the city's motion to throw out the claims, although some that were filed against certain police commanders were dropped. “We were confident that the ruling would occur as it has,” the officers' attorney Carney Shegerian said in an email.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | June 14, 2013
A federal trial sought by five Armenian American Glendale police officers who are suing the city for alleged discrimination and harassment has been pushed back again and now isn't expected to start until November. Trial had originally been set to start in March in the case involving Officers Vahak Mardikian, Tigran Topadzhikyan, Robert Parseghian, John Balian and Benny Simonzad. It first was moved to July, and then this week pushed back again to a non - specified date in November due to scheduling conflicts on the both sides.
NEWS
February 1, 2001
After reading Paul Carney's letter, I was sick to my stomach. As an Armenian American, I honor and support human rights. I recognize all the genocides that have occurred in history and those that are still going on. The issue here is this: Does the News-Press actually care about all the issues that are going to be raised from this letter? The letter clearly shows the News-Press supports Mr. Carney, and that's why it was published. It also reveals discrimination not only toward the Armenians but toward all minority groups in the United States.
LOCAL
By Melanie Hicken | May 8, 2010
CITY HALL — A Glendale police officer filed a lawsuit against the city this week, claiming he was unfairly demoted because of his friendship with another officer suing the Police Department for discrimination. In January, four Armenian officers and a former officer filed a federal lawsuit against the department, alleging repeated on-the-job racial discrimination and harassment. This week, police Officer Marc Mendoza filed a separate lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court alleging that he was recently demoted from detective to patrol officer because of his friendship with Sgt. Vahak Mardikian, one of the five plaintiffs in the other case.
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