Attorneys for 14 female Hayward police officers who said they had faced systematic harassment based on their gender or sexual orientation announced today the case has been settled for nearly $5 million.
The officers had been seeking unspecified damages for discrimination that they said went back to 1982 and continued up through early 2008, said attorney Stan Casper.
Hayward officials said attorneys will determine how the money will be divvied up among the officers.
The lawsuit was settled through the city’s insurance companies, which are responsible for paying it.
Casper said the amount of the settlement indicated the insurance companies “recognized the problems the city has historically had with women being treated fairly at the police department. Close to $5 million is not an amount paid unless someone has recognized years of wrongdoing.”
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