A former cadet has filed a lawsuit against the Irwindale Police Department, claiming she was subject to sexual harassment that ultimately forced her to quit, according to the Los Angeles Times. The lawsuit names Lieutenant Mario Camacho as the offender, and it is the second lawsuit in six months that brought his conduct into question. In July, Officer Rudy Campos filed a lawsuit saying Lt. Camacho denied him pay raises and overtime pay.
In the latest lawsuit, the plaintiff claims that while they worked together, Lt. Camacho would hold her hand, kiss her and grope her. She initially refused his advances and Lt. Camacho became hostile. The lawsuit alleges that Camacho “made it difficult for her to work.”
“The city takes these types of matters very seriously and believes it has done nothing wrong in this case,” said attorney Jeffrey Thompson, representing the Irwindale Police Department. “We will be defending it aggressively.”
The police department may want to place Lt. Camacho on administrative leave, or at least keep a close eye on him for a while. He has certainly shown himself to be a liability. Please contact our firm for a free consultation if you have had to endure this type of conduct in the workplace.
Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob—Los Angeles sexual harassment attorneys