West Des Moines Police Chief, City Named Defendants in Sexual Discrimination Lawsuit

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WEST DES MOINES, Iowa -- The city of West Des Moines and its Police Chief are facing a sexual discrimination lawsuit.

The lawsuit, which was filed Monday, claims Chief Shaun LaDue discriminated against female employees that worked for the police department and despite their complaints to HR and the city manager, the city did not investigate them properly or offer solutions.

Read the lawsuit

Carol Gass, Alice Wisner, and Tanya Schmell are named as plaintiffs in the lawsuit. Schmell is a police sergeant, Gass is an Animal Control officer, and Wisner was a crime analyst though she was fired in September of 2014.

The women claim LaDue discriminated against them because of their gender and then retaliated against them after they complained.

The women say he reduced their duties, kept them from completing professional development their male co-workers were offered, and gave favorable treatment to male officers with less experience and training.

The lawsuit requests a jury trial in the case.

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