Judge orders City of Reno to pay $1.4 million to police sergeant after lawsuit
RENO, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) —
A federal judge has ordered the City of Reno to pay nearly $1.4 million to a Reno Police Department sergeant who filed a lawsuit claiming his rights were violated.
Sergeant Michael Browett filed the suit after he says he was passed over for a promotion five times despite scoring a 90 percent on the Lieutenant's Exam.
Browett says he was being retaliated against over family leave that he had to take.
The judge heard arguments from both sides on Tuesday, May 8 where Browett's attorney, Jack Campbell, encouraged the judge to send a message to the Reno Police Department.
"The city has refused to accept responsibility for that activity. Has refused to acknowledge that the chief is not qualified for the position he's in and that he's engaged in activity that has subjected him to substantial liability," said Campbell.
A spokesman for the City of Reno told News 4 & Fox 11 it plans to appeal the decision.
This is a developing story. Check back with us for updates.