Sabo wins, Elko loses – Elko pays Cassandra Sabo $22,500 because officers treated her unfairly because of her gender and created a hostile workplace

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Sabo wins, Elko loses

ImageELKO — The city paid $22,500 to settled a lawsuit with a former police officer who claimed ranking officers treated her unfairly because of her gender and created a hostile workplace.

Cassandra Sabo, hired as an officer in October 2012, filed suit against the City of Elko and individual members of the police department, claiming she was bullied and told, among other sexist comments, that women didn’t belong in law enforcement. Sabo resigned from the force in January 2013.
In its response, the city denied the allegations. In May, the two sides agreed to a settlement, which was finalized a month later. The settlement dismisses the lawsuit.

Image“It’s behind us as far as we’re concerned,” City Manager Curtis Calder said. Calder said the estimated cost to go to trial would have likely been higher than settlement.Image

“For the mere fact of entering into the agreement neither party has admitted fault or wrongdoing,” Calder said. Instead, the agreement was a means of resolving the dispute, he added.

Jeff Dickerson, co-counsel for the plaintiff, released a statement arguing the lawsuit was less about monetary rewards and more about standing against gender discrimination.


“It was never about the money,”
Sabo said in a statement released by her attorneys, Dickerson and Julie Cavanaugh-Bill. “I wanted to educate the chain of command about federal law against discrimination against women in the workplace. Hopefully, bringing them into federal court has inspired re-examination of City policies, so women entering the force will find a better working environment.”Image

Calder said the city’s insurance carrier, Nevada Public Agency Insurance Pool, paid the plaintiff $22,500 on behalf of the city. Both sides were ordered to pay their own legal costs. Calder said the city paid a $5,000 deductible for attorney fees.

ImageAccording to the complaint, while a cop Sabo was pinned in a choke hold by a police sergeant who was not trained or certified to teach and apply chock holds.

Sabo alleged that an internal investigation regarding the matter was conducted to discredit her. She claimed that a male who was hired around the same time wasn’t treated the same way.Image

Two of the four defendants named in the complaint — Chief Don Zumwalt and Capt. Will Lehmann — retired in the past year and are no longer with the police department. Lt. Ty Trouten and Sgt. Matt Locuson were also named as defendants.

Harassment suit filed in September by Capitol Police Officer Alice Valde against Nevada Capitol Police settled $99,999.99 paid by the state

capitol police nevadaThe suit filed in September by Capitol Police Officer Alice Valdez charging five of her fellow officers of discriminatory, inappropriate and hostile conduct toward her has been settled.

The settlement agreement filed in Carson District Court resolves all the issues raised in her lawsuit, with neither side admitting to the alleged conduct.

In return, she will get a lump-sum payment of $99,999.99 paid by the state.

The agreement says, “plaintiff hereby completely releases and forever discharges the defendants of, and from, any and all liability for all claims asserted, arising from or relating to the disputes and the allegations and legal claims of the complaint.”

Valdez accused officers Christian Normandy, Bill Walker and Chris Aranyos as well as Sgt. Mike Rubio of marking a variety of hostile comments about her age, size and gender, as well as sexist comments. She is one of two women on the force older than 40. It accused Sgt. Rich Mraz of doing nothing to stop the alleged abuse.

Rubio was dismissed from the Capitol Police. Mraz, who for most of the period in question was on medical leave, was demoted. The other officers including Valdez remain on duty.

Under terms of the settlement, Valdez and her lawyer, Jeff Dickerson, agreed to move for dismissal of the complaint with prejudice as soon as the payment is received.

It was signed by Valdez, all the defendants and Department of Public Safety Director Jim Wright.

The sad thing about this story is that Capitol Police Officer Alice Valdez is a nice person from our experience with her at the 2012 ANTI Corruption protests outside the State Capitol buildings. In fact, all the Capitol Police personnel seemed very professional, non-hostile and polite. We even said thank you in a post  found […]

State investigating conduct of Nevada Capitol Police officers

Posted: August 29, 2013
By Cy Ryan (contact) Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013 | 1:45 p.m. Carson City —  A quiet investigation has been under way for about two months into the conduct of a group of Capitol Police officers, the governor confirmed today. Several officers, believed to be five or six, have been placed on administrative leave with pay […]

Former Nevada Capitol Police chief Tom Navin sues over dismissal

Posted: April 27, 2013 

We welcome Tom Navin to come out and protest in front of the State Capital with us next week and throughout the upcoming summer of 2013, Mike Weston will make a big sign for you!  Seriously, come on out, you were a nice fella most of the time. Nevada Appeal by Geoff Dornan Former Capital […]

Nevada Department of Public Safety – Capitol Police Division

Posted: March 29, 2013 

last summer we got to meet most of the Nevada Department of Public Safety – Capitol Police Division and our experience with them was very positive. These fellas (and the ladies) were all very professional when we did our protests and they talked with us and some got to know us and what we were […]

Under Brian Sandoval’s watch, capitol gets increased security

Posted: November 22, 2012

This Las Vegas SUN news story caught our attention because of the various innuendos including Governor Brian Sandoval’s comment that we feel may have been directed at us! The governor acknowledged there were no threats made in the past at these meetings of state elected officials. There may have been some nasty […]

Fired Carson City Animal Services director sues, says city violated her rights

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Carson City faces a lawsuit stemming from the unpopular euthanasia of a dog last month, and it wasn’t filed by the dog’s owner.Carson City lawsuits

Former Carson City Animal Services manager Gail Radtke, who was ousted from her post after news of the dog’s death became public and spurred outrage among many, claims city officials violated her rights and city code. She seeks unspecified damages.

Resident Jeraldine Archuleta’s dog was put to sleep after she couldn’t come up with fines totaling more than $100 within three days of its capture. In the suit, Radke says the dog was put to sleep in line with Animal Services’ policies. Radtke’s suit says that when Archuleta wrote about the experience in a letter to the Nevada Appeal, City Manager Larry Werner and Deputy City Manager Marena Works told the news media they were amending shelter rules in what she argues were ways “contrary to Carson City Code and contrary to good practices.” Continue reading

LAWSUIT Nevada State Capitol Police Officer Alice Valdez accuses several fellow officers of PORN & discriminatory, hostile and inappropriate conduct

capitol police nevadaThe sad thing about this story is that Capitol Police Officer Alice Valdez is a nice person from our experience with her at the 2012 ANTI Corruption protests outside the State Capitol buildings. In fact, all the Capitol Police personnel seemed very professional, non-hostile and polite. We even said thank you in a post  found here: https://nevadastatepersonnelwatch.wordpress.com/2013/03/29/nevada-department-of-public-safety-capitol-police-division/

We see the case was filed in the corrupt Carson City court… Wonder if the judge will dismiss the case to cover-up for the State…  Stay tuned.

The male officers, according to the complaint filed in district court, suggested she could not do her job because she was a woman. She said one officer, Chris Aranyos, made comments last December about having sex with her. The complaint quotes him as saying that if it was the end of the world; he “would bend you over the desk and do you right here.”

In another instance, the suit said Aranyos rubbed up against her in a “sexual manner” referring to “her body in a lascivious manner.”

NV Attorney General CRIME SCENE  04032012From the Nevada AppealGeoff Dornan

Capitol Police Officer Alice Valdez accuses several fellow officers of discriminatory, hostile and inappropriate conduct toward her in a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Carson district court.

The complaint charges at least two officers made numerous comments and engaged in sexually inappropriate conduct. It accuses Christian Normandy, who supervised firearms training, of repeated hostile comments about Valdez’s size and gender and telling other officers he wouldn’t pass her range test next time.

The Capitol Police Division has been in existence for over 50 years, established in 1949. The division is comprised of 31 officers and one civilian. Capitol Police provides police services on numerous state properties, enhancing the safety of visitors and employees on those properties.

“Normandy treated Plaintiff differently on the firearms range and spread malicious gossip about Plaintiff,” the complaint by lawyer Jeff Dickerson states. Continue reading