Judge: Gay Police Officer’s Discrimination Suit Stands

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (WCCO/AP) — Settlement talks have been set for former St. Cloud police officer who filed a lawsuit alleging the police department discriminated against him because he’s gay.

Sean Lathrop was an officer with St. Cloud’s department from 2006 until 2010. According to the suit, Lathrop was subject to discrimination after a letter was sent to their department in 2009 requesting Lathrop be allowed to work at a booth at the Twin Cities Pride festival.

The City of St. Cloud denies that Lathrop was discriminated against.

U.S. District Judge Donald Frank denied three of the five requests by the city for summary judgment on the lawsuit’s claims, but allowed the requests on the others.

According to the St. Cloud Times, Latrhop’s attorney calls it a “well-reasoned decision.” An attorney representing the city and police department members says she’s confident the facts would support the city if the case goes to trial.

If a settlement can’t be reached next month, the case is expected to go to trial on March 19.

  • Gale Dribble

    uh, ok.

    • ouch!

      cco makes this so easy, I will refrain good luck!!!!

    • Josh

      LOL Dale – “activist judges” is a term about as stupid as “guestimate.” All judicial decisions are activist in nature, just as an estimate is a form of a guess. And since the judge ruled with him to this point on some of the charges, that means the law is on his side. I wonder if you took 8th grade social studies.

      • Phid

        Not true. “Activist judges” is a term used to refer to judges who use some bad foundation to rule in one way or another. For example, basing a decision on theh way they think popular sentiment leans is *bad* and would be an example of an activist judge.

        • Rockford

          No, activist judges would those that deviate from established law. That sword cuts both ways.

  • jackactionhero

    Without the sarcastic delivery, I agree. In other words, for the less advanced readers, gay citizens of America are subject to the protections of the Constitution and state and local laws just like straight citizens.

    • lil' jackie

      Except that nobody cares what you think.

    • Mayhem

      even special folks like say….jackarsehero…is protected by said Constitution and state and local laws just like straight citizens.

      yaaaaaaaaaaaeeeee, jackarse!!!!

      • Rockfish

        Funny, your older eighth grade brother tell you that one?

  • Sam

    I suggest you actually read the Constitution. There is nothing in it that says the law of the land shall be the Bible.
    All it does is set up a framework of government that is keyed toward protecting the liberty of those within the country.

  • See BS

    These “Activist” Junk lawsuits are depriving the rest of us from life, liberty and the persuit of happiness. We have the right to live in an imperfect world.

    I call these type of lawsuits “Judicial Money Laundering”

    • Sick and Tired

      HERE, HERE. Another term for “Judicial Money Laundering” would be “Legalized theft”.

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