Sunday, November 27, 2011

WSP Trooper Sues Own Agency

A Washington State Patrol trooper alleges that his own agency is discriminating against him because he's white and a Mormon, and now is in the process of filing a law suit.

In a recently-filed lawsuit, Stg. David Divis alleges the state patrol "took adverse employment action" against him based on his race and religion.

The News Tribune reported WSP launched an internal investigation against Divis for allegedly making disparaging remarks about black troopers.

In the suit, Divis contends someone made disparaging remarks about him, "including a comment that (he) must have discriminated against certain troopers because his church does not allow blacks to attend."

The suit goes on to say that Divis was not treated the same as fellow employees of different races.

In response to the allegations, the state patrol issued a statement saying that they have acted in good faith throughout this process and are confident that the court will determine that they have acted lawfully.

Divis was originally demoted, but a judge reinstated him. He is now on paid leave.

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