- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 7, 2015

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) - A former Fontana Unified School District police dispatcher who alleges she was fired for reporting an officer accused of raping and sexually assaulting other dispatchers has been awarded more than $315,000.

The Sun reports (https://bit.ly/1MaUv8f ) a jury’s verdict was decided in favor of Jolee Berdnik Thursday following a monthlong trial.

In her 2012 lawsuit, Berdnik claimed she was let go in retaliation for reporting officer John Garcia’s alleged conduct to her superiors.

Bernik’s attorney, Brian Hannemann, also represents three other current and former employees of Fontana Unified’s police division for claims that Garcia sexually assaulted or raped them on school grounds in 2010 and 2011.

Garcia was fired following an investigation into the allegations, but he never faced criminal charges. His attorney couldn’t be reached for comment Monday.


Information from: The Sun, https://www.sbsun.com

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