Ex-Maryland State Police sergeant sues over alleged discrimination

BALTIMORE (AP) — A former Maryland State Police sergeant has filed a federal lawsuit against the agency, saying she was forced to retire early after complaining of gender discrimination.

The Daily Record reports (http://bit.ly/28L1h6J) Sheila Breck filed a lawsuit against her former employer last week.

The lawsuit states that in 2011 Breck refused requests to rewrite evaluations of lower-ranking employees. Thereafter, she says, her requests for leave were ignored or rejected and she was punished for arriving late on days with inclement weather. She says her male coworkers weren’t reprimanded for similar behavior.

Breck filed a formal complaint alleging gender discrimination and harassment with the Fair Practices Office in 2012.

The state police eventually forced Breck to retire to avoid termination. The lawsuit estimates that as a result, Breck will lose $30,000 to $40,000 in retirement funds.

Maryland State Police couldn’t be reached for comment.

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Information from: The Daily Record of Baltimore, http://www.thedailyrecord.com

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