On November 4, 2014, an African-American and Puerto Rican police lieutenant filed a race discrimination and retaliation lawsuit against the City of North Las Vegas.
Wilson Crespo claims that, after being promoted to lieutenant in 2008, he has been continuously passed over for specialized duty assignments which have instead been overwhelmingly and disproportionately given to white supervisors with less seniority and experience.
Crespo also alleges that he has been denied the opportunity to receive specialized training that would have opened up additional promotional opportunities. According to Crespo, white supervisors with less seniority and experience have been sent for this specialized training.
According to Crespo, he was subjected to retaliation for complaining to the city about the alleged discrimination by being the subject of multiple internal affairs investigations directed by the Chief of Police over minor issues which would not warrant discipline.
Crespo filed a discrimination claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and received a Notice of Right To Sue by the EEOC.
This is a report on a civil lawsuit filed at the U.S. District Court. The details in this report come from an original complaint filed by a plaintiff. Please note that a complaint represents an accusation by a private individual, not the government. It is not an indication of guilt, and it represents only one side of the story.