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Freeport cop alleges race and gender discrimination

Posted on June 4, 2012- by

New York Civil Rights Attorney Eric Sanders, Esq., of The Sanders Firm, P.C., alleges in a $50 Million Dollar federal lawsuit that The Incorporated Village of Freeport’s Police Department fosters a hostile work environment by promoting a ‘White Males Only’ culture

June 4, 2012 (New York-NY) – Cynthia M. Cummings says working at the Freeport Police Department is analogous to working in an ‘All Boys Club.’

Cummings, who is African-American, says that she started working at the Freeport Police Department in August 1997 after working four (4) years as a veteran police officer with the NYPD and has endured race and gender discrimination from several white supervisors and colleagues’.

Cummings claims that from August 1997, through this day, Caucasian Male employees are treated more favorably than African-American, other Dark Skinned and female employees. During her tenure, she has been subjected to unfair selective enforcement of Department rules resulting in substantial financial losses to her as an employee. She claims other African-American, Dark Skinned and female employees are similarly treated but, are afraid to assert their civil rights.

She claims to have witnessed or have direct knowledge of several Caucasian Male employees who have engaged in either criminal conduct or serious misconduct such employees were either not disciplined or received very little discipline. The offenses range from driving while intoxicated to abuse of authority.

Cummings contends that the Patrolman’s Benevolent Association supports and condones this sort of disparity in the workplace.

“Whenever, African-American, other Dark Skinned and female employees complain about discrimination and related conduct in the workplace, the PBA, police management and the Board of Trustees ignore their complaints” says Cummings.

Sanders said that the police management and the Board of Trustees routinely violated federal and state civil rights laws by failing to take appropriate action to ensure that the workplace is diverse, free of discrimination and reflective of the client base it serves.

Eric Sanders, Esq., of The Sanders Firm, P.C., filed suit on June 1, 2012. The name of the case is: Cynthia M. Cummings v. The Incorporated Village of Freeport, et al., Docket No.: 12 cv 2772, filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

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