Third Settlement in Discrimination Case Involving West Des Moines Police Chief

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WEST DES MOINES, Iowa -- A third settlement has been reached in the sex discrimination case against the City of West Des Moines and Police Chief Shaun LaDue, the same weekend that LaDue resigns as chief.

“I think that everybody who works there has a sense of hope today that they didn`t have a week ago,” said Attorney Paige Fiedler.

Fiedler says with LaDue gone, there's hope for the women that remain.

“The women that I know who work at the West Des Moines Police Department love their jobs and want to just be left alone to do them,” she said.

The attorney representing the three women alleging discrimination says her clients all complained internally before they filed their civil rights complaints and nothing was done to protect them.

“A lot of just different treatment, that women and men would do the same activities and women would get punished and men wouldn’t,” she said.

And Fiedler says there are others.

“We had 10 or 11 other women ready to testify in this trial, that they were treated with disrespect at the police department,” said Fiedler.

There was no mention of this controversy Monday night at the West Des Moines City Council meeting.  Instead, a news conference has been scheduled for Tuesday.

Lawsuit court documents state, “In spite of his poor showing in the interview process, city manager Greg Sparks offered LaDue the police chief position on Aug. 3, 2012.”

Fiedler says she's going to be paying close attention to the hiring process for the new chief.

“I think maybe part of the reason the city got in trouble before is that they didn`t listen to the various stake holders who were asked to play a role in helping choose the chief,” she said.

Fiedler says a key to resolving this case was to make sure there would be debriefing and training for police department employees to prevent these problems in the future.

Click here for the full lawsuit document.