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White LAPD Officer wins Discrimination Suit

White LAPD Officer wins Discrimination Suit

Screen shot 2010-03-15 at 10.55.03 PMAn LAPD officer has won a discrimination suit against the department after he claimed a Latino supervisor treated him differently because of his race. What was his race? White.

Paul Waymire (on the left in the picture) was awarded $125,000 by a jury for his pain and suffering related to the treatment, according to several media stories. The officer was awarded the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for helping to rescue a man from a burning car in 2005.

What exactly did his Latino supervisor do that was considered discrimination? Waymire said his supervisor denied him promotions and instead gave the jobs to lesser cops because he is white. It’s unknown if the department will appeal the case.

Reaction to the news on the KNBC Web site is supportive of Waymire:

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    • If he proved without a reasonable doubt that he was being discriminated against then good for him. But if that is the case then there are many Latinos out there that should be winning 6 figure settlements as well – I guess we don’t sue that often because it’s the norm / is expected!

      My Dad was a sheriff, more qualified than most cops (he earned his bachelor of science degree, etc.) and yet the (White) officials always promoted the less qualified White officers over him because he’s Latino. So they always kept him on patrol instead of giving him an office job.

      Oh well. I’m all about equal opportunity. And Latinos aren’t really the “minority” anymore. Will be interesting to see if that sort of “discrimination” becomes common now lol.

    • Jon

      Hey Maria – I was wondering the same thing. Now that Latinos are the majority in California, will we see additional discrimination suits where the victim is white? Vamos a ver.

    • Marco

      Discrimination in any case is wrong. What’s sad is that people sue over everything. What ever happened to talking about things. Also I think $125K is a little rich for hurt feelings. Did the jury not understand it was their tax dollars they were giving away?

    • Pancho Villa

      This officer was truly a victim of discrimination. If he had been black or Latino, they would have awarded him millions of dollars. Being white in California and in the LAPD works against you when it’s time for promotions. Comgrats Paul!

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