- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 29, 2014

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) - A federal court jury in Tacoma has awarded $1.2 million to a former city of Vancouver, Wash., worker after deciding he was subjected to discrimination, retaliation and a hostile work environment.

The Columbian reports (http://is.gd/AlPnkb ) that Rolando Hernandez was promoted in 1999 from the city’s Operations Center to work in the Fire Shop as an emergency equipment mechanic.

The lawsuit alleged that upon his arrival at the new job, he got the “cold shoulder” from other employees, was given more menial tasks than his peers and had his tools and at least one vehicle he worked on sabotaged.

After Tuesday’s verdict, Vancouver City Attorney Ted Gathe said the city will consult with its insurance carrier before deciding whether to appeal. He says the city “has a no-tolerance policy for discrimination, harassment, and retaliation in the workplace.”


Hernandez left the city in 2007 to take a job in California.

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Information from: The Columbian, http://www.columbian.com