Fresno Police Department Deputy Chiefs Robert Nevarez and Sharon Shaffer filed complaints with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing. They claim that Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer and the City of Fresno have subjected them to discrimination and a hostile work environment.
According to the Fresno Bee, “the claims by Nevarez and Shaffer are not the first discriminatory complaints made against Dyer by top department officials.”
The Fresno Bee mentions the following discrimination complaints that have been filed against the Fresno Police Department:
In 2007, Capt. Al Maroney, an African-American, filed a discrimination complaint with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The EEOC, which enforces workplace discrimination laws, in August recommended that Dyer and his top staff — including deputy chiefs — take sensitivity training. The EEOC also recommended that the city give Maroney a financial settlement.
In June 2008, Fresno police Sgt. James Lewis sued Dyer and four other officers in U.S. District Court in Fresno, alleging he was subjected to discrimination because he is black and because he was looking into alleged unfair overtime practices on behalf of the police officers’ union.
The following year, Fresno police officers Gerald Miller and Ron Manning and former cadet Jonathan Pierro filed their own federal lawsuit, alleging widespread discrimination against black officers.