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LRPD Chief in Court Facing Lawsuit for Gender Discrimination

The Little Rock Chief of Police was in court Monday (4/14) facing a lawsuit from a former officer that made more money than him because of overtime.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Little Rock Chief of Police was in court on Monday facing a lawsuit from a former officer that made more money than him because of overtime.

Natasha Sims was fired by Chief Stuart Thomas for working too many hours, among other reasons.

Now, she's suing the Chief for gender discrimination, saying she was fired because she's a woman and for filing a complaint against him.

In the lawsuit Sims and her attorneys claim after she complained about the Chief she was subjected to stricter scrutiny and fired under circumstances male officers had not been.

"It's a pattern with Little Rock," said Lucien Gillham, Sims' attorney. "They've got a problem with gender discrimination out there and that's what we're suing over."

Sims was fired in April 2013 for working more hours than she was supposed to. Her overtime pushed her pay to $128k. That's more than her Chief made.

Sims however, says she was fired because she's a woman and out of retaliation for filing a the complaint against the Chief.

"There are male officers and officers who haven't complained of discrimination, who've done far worse," said Gillham.

Gillham says they have female officers ready to testify to that.

"You'll see a lot of testimony about it," added Gillham. "There's a lot of documentation."

Despite the Civil Service Commission upholding Sims' termination, her attorneys thinks this time around in court will be different.

The Chief was at the hearing where a judge reviewed motions in the case but did not comment on the case.

Sims has asked for $75k in damages and an injuction so that the city change its policy.

Jury trial dates are set for December 3, 4 and 5.
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