The Journal News reports that former police officer Yolanda Tyson is planning to a file civil rights lawsuit against the town for denying her injury disability like white male and female officers who were hurt on the job.
“Yolanda Tyson, an African-American officer dismissed June 27 by the town, is seeking $75 million in compensation, according to a notice of claim filed against the town.
She was dismissed on June 27, though the town says she had not worked for more than a year.
The legal notification is a precursor to a lawsuit, potentially claiming the town violated Tyson’s civil rights as she allegedly was the victim of race and gender discrimination. The notice claims non-white officers don’t receive equal treatment when it comes to promotions and discipline.
Tyson claims she injured her left arm and neck during a crash in her police car in Montebello, on Jan. 31, 2012. She needed surgery on her lower back in September 2014, according to her legal claim.
She claims she lived in pain, working and periodically taking time off.
Ramapo ultimately denied her full disability benefits, her legal filings say, meaning she could receive 50 percent of her pay in retirement benefits, not the 75 percent to which she would be eligible if she retired with a disability.
“Basically, this is about a black officer — of which the town police department has few — being treated differently than Caucasian officers,” her attorney Eric Sanders of Manhattan said Thursday.”
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