Beverly Hills Police Captain Wins $2.3M Settlement Against City Over Religious Discrimination Allegation

Beverly Hills Police Capt. Mark Rosen speaks at a news conference announcing his $2.3 million settlement against the city on Dec. 3, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

Beverly Hills Police Capt. Mark Rosen speaks at a news conference announcing his $2.3 million settlement against the city on Dec. 3, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

Despite repeatedly denying allegations of harassment and workplace misconduct against its police chief, the city of Beverly Hills has agreed to pay $2.3 million to settle a lawsuit, closing the first of roughly 20 complaints filed against her in the last two years.

The settlement ends a years-long battle between Police Chief Sandra Spagnoli and Capt. Mark Rosen, who had accused her of denying him promotional opportunities based on his religion. Rosen retired immediately after Friday’s settlement, according to a statement issued by the city.

Spagnoli, who was hired in 2016 after serving as the chief of the Police Department of San Leandro, Calif., has been the target of at least 20 civil suits or employment complaints during her tenure, according to court records reviewed by The Times.

She has repeatedly denied the allegations made in the various filings, some of which make specific and salacious claims about her sex life, and said in a recent interview that the suits might stem from dissatisfied employees who are upset with her efforts to change the agency.

Read the full story at LATimes.com.

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