LA city council approves $1.25M for LAPD discrimination deal

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 The Los Angeles City Council has approved a $1.25 million settlement to two current and former officers who accused the Police Department of discriminating against them and harassing them because they are lesbians.

Attorney Matt McNicholas, who represents the women, says the City Attorney's Office informed him of the council's 12-1 vote Wednesday.

In 2011, police Officers Linda Gotham and Lynn Whitey filed suit alleging they had been subject to repeated lewd comments and gestures referencing their sexual orientation.

McNicholas says the behavior continued for years and had been ignored until the lawsuit was filed.

The case had been scheduled to go to trial March 29.

McNicholas says Gotham retired after 24 years last year and Whitey remains with the department.

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