Calif. police and female lieutenant reach $150,000 deal

Lt. Robin Heinemann said in the suit that the department was 'rife with overt hostility and disparate treatment toward female officers'

By Henry K. Lee
The San Francisco Chronicle

CONCORD, Calif. — The highest-ranking woman in the Concord Police Department has reached a $150,000 settlement with the city over a lawsuit claiming that she was harassed and discriminated against because of her gender, attorneys in the case said Tuesday.

Lt. Robin Heinemann, a 22-year department veteran, sued the city in Contra Costa County Superior Court in 2009, saying that she and other female officers were powerless in a "de facto hierarchy" that was based upon a "presumption of male supremacy."

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