The El Cajon Police Department is coming under fire after a former female police officer filed a gender discrimination and sexual harassment lawsuit in the San Diego federal court.
A recent report by KSWT news said court paperwork outlines allegations of gender discrimination, retaliation, higher-ranking officers failing to rectify problem situations. The suit was filed by former officer Reneca Fajardo in late June. It names several El Cajon Police Department officers as well as the city’s director of human resources.
Fajardo said the harassment started her first day on the job, making her time with the department unbearable. During her training she said she was repeatedly told that women are not fit to be officers and were better suited to be providing a home for their man. Inappropriate comments about her physique and certain areas of her body, she said, were ongoing.
Fajardo said she attempted to rectify the situation through the appropriate channels and spoke with higher-ups on multiple occasions. Her attorney said those complaints were either dismissed or led to “orchestrated retaliation”. Court documents show she was eventually terminated for “willfully failing to provide information” and “mishandling calls”. Fajardo believes she was let go for declining multiple invitations for dates by her supervisors, declining sexual propositions and for seeking disciplinary action against the alleged offenders.
The El Cajon Police Department has declined comment on the matter, citing pending litigation.