- Associated Press - Monday, May 18, 2015

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Three women have filed a sex discrimination lawsuit against the West Des Moines police chief, claiming they were fired or overlooked for promotions because of their gender.

The lawsuit was filed Monday against the city of West Des Moines and Police Chief Shaun LaDue, who took over the department in 2012.

The lawsuit claims LaDue retaliated against the women and promoted less qualified men over them. The lawsuit also claims female administrative staffers were segregated from other employees.

Two of the women still work for the department. One was discharged last September. All three filed complaints with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission before the lawsuit.

The police department directed questions to the city of West Des Moines. City manager Tom Hadden says the lawsuit’s claims are false.

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