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By PORAC | May 1, 1998 | Posted in PORAC LDF News

Dispatcher Reinstated After Her Termination for Criticizing the Department

City of Oroville Police Department dispatcher and past-POA treasurer, Laura Smith, was reinstated by Arbitrator Ronald Hoh after the Department terminated her for “creating strife, discord, and discontent throughout the Department”. Ms. Smith was represented by LDF panel attorney, Paul Q. Goyette of Goyette & Adams. The department terminated Smith […]

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By PORAC | March 1, 1998 | Posted in PORAC LDF News

Officers Vindicated in Excessive Force Case

Following a lengthy arbitration, the disciplines imposed on Berkeley police officers Henry Wellington and William Thornton were overturned. After vindicating these officers, Arbitrator Paul Staudohar reinstated Wellington to his former position and rescinded the 10-day suspension imposed on Thornton. Thornton was also reinstated to his position as a field training […]

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By PORAC | March 1, 1998 | Posted in PORAC LDF News

Discipline is Overturned in Harassment Case

The liability associated with sexual harassment claims has caused many police agencies to adopt the “sustain, suspend and arbitrate” approach whenever such allegations are raised. Since both California and federal law require an employer to take “prompt and effective remedial action” for complaints of sexual harassment, agencies will often ignore […]

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