12/04/2009

High-ranking female Calif. cop files bias lawsuit

By Henry K. Lee
The San Francisco Chronicle

CONCORD, Calif. — The highest-ranking woman in the Concord Police Department has sued the city, saying she is being harassed and discriminated against because of her gender.

Lt. Robin Heinemann, a 21-year department veteran, said in her suit in Contra Costa County Superior Court that she and other female officers are powerless in a "de facto hierarchy" that is based upon a "presumption of male supremacy."

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