The City of Scranton in Pennsylvania is settling a gender discrimination, hostile work environment and retaliation lawsuit that was filed in October 2009 by two female police officers after they were called “overtime whores” by former police chief David Elliott.
According to the Scranton Times Tribune, “The remark not only spawned a federal lawsuit against Mr. Elliott, who resigned as the city’s top cop last month after nine years on the job, but calls for his ouster by the city’s police union, which claimed he had a history of discriminating against women. Patrolwomen [Jill] Foley and [Melissa] Forsette claimed they were denied overtime and job-training opportunities, which they said were part of a pattern of ‘discriminating against and harassing female police officers, as well as not responding adequately to complaints of discrimination and harassment.'”
In addition to the City of Scranton, the Scranton Police Department, David Elliott, former Public Safety Director Ray Hayes, city Human Resources Director Lisa Moran, and mayor Chris Doherty were also named as defendants in the lawsuit.
Elliott said that he intended to “enter private business” when he announced his resignation last month.