Former Georgia police officer wins gender discrimination suit

A former Columbus, Ga., police officer claims she didn’t file a discrimination lawsuit against the City of Columbus, the police chief and her former co-workers for the money. She did it because she wanted to stand up against race and gender discrimination in the workplace and show other women that they have the right to do so as well.

Last week, Alicia Davenport, a former member of the Columbus Police Department’s Narcotics and Vice Unit, was vindicated, her attorney told the Ledger-Enquirer.

The jury found that Davenport, who left the force three years ago, was intentionally discriminated against because of her gender during her 18 months of employment with the department. However, the jury concluded there was not enough evidence that she was discriminated against based on her race.

Davenport received $5,000 for her suffering and will likely file a motion seeking compensation for as much as $200,000 for attorney’s fees, according to the story.

Equal Rights Advocates is an organization founded in 1974 and whose mission is to protect and secure equal rights and economic opportunities for women and girls through litigation and advocacy. The organization states that women are denied equal rights when they are: paid less than men for the same or comparable work; denied promotions and training opportunities; shut out of high paying jobs and occupations; subjected to sexual harassment; or penalized for taking time off to care for their families.