City pays $150,000 to settle reverse bias claim by ex-officer Black supervisors accused of harassment

March 26, 1996|By Michael James | Michael James,SUN STAFF

Baltimore officials have paid $150,000 to settle a reverse discrimination suit filed by a former city Housing Authority police captain who claimed black supervisors harassed him and suspended him because he is white.

Edward J. Fallon III, who served on the city housing police force for more than six years, had alleged that he was unfairly investigated, reprimanded and stripped of his gun and badge by higher-level black officers.

He filed three complaints with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, as well as a federal lawsuit claiming racial discrimination and other civil rights violations. The city opted to settle the case Friday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore.

"We evaluated the case and we felt this was a workable arrangement for everybody," said Jannai Goslee, a city attorney who represented the Housing Authority in the case. "The Housing Authority is admitting no liability."

David Daneman, Mr. Fallon's attorney, said the officer "was white on a predominantly black police force" and faced repeated acts of racial discrimination, particularly after he filed a formal complaint with EEOC. He made the complaint after unexplainedly being passed over for promotion, Mr. Daneman said.

At one point, Mr. Fallon was "forced to endure 15 continuous months of midnight shift duty to induce him to drop his EEOC complaint," according to the lawsuit.

The suit said Mr. Fallon began to wrongfully receive poor performance evaluations, and was notified in December 1994 that he was being suspended for more than 30 internal affairs and administrative charges that his supervisors filed against him.

Pub Date: 3/26/96

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