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Board of Estimates approves $35K settlement in officer’s discrimination suit

The Board of Estimates on Wednesday approved a $35,000 settlement with a former Baltimore police officer who alleged she was discriminated against and verbally abused after being injured on the job.

Kimberly Broyles claimed in her lawsuit that she suffered brain trauma after she was injured in June 2009 while trying to subdue a drunk suspect and continues to have physical and mental problems. But after Broyles returned to work, supervisors recommended her for the Medical Leave and Abuse Control Program, which is “designed for officers who abuse non-line-of-duty medial leave,” according to her lawsuit.

Enrollment in the program meant Broyles could not get a second job or work overtime, according to the lawsuit. She remained in the MLAC Program until her retirement in April 2012, according to the lawsuit.

Broyles, who is white, also alleged a supervisor said he “could care less about Caucasian women” while another supervisor called her a “troublemaker” and verbally abused her, according to her lawsuit.

Broyles filed complaints with internal affairs in October 2010 claiming racial discrimination and a hostile work environment, the complaint states. She was subsequently transferred and written up for a variety of alleged infractions, including insubordination and forging the signature of a supervisor, the complaint states.

Another supervisor ordered her to work in March 2011 despite a doctor’s order she remain off-duty after being treated for pain related to her original injury, the complaint states.

Broyles’ filed suit under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the federal civil rights act seeking compensatory and punitive damages. The case was originally brought in Baltimore City Circuit Court last May and then transferred to U.S. District Court in Baltimore.

The case was dismissed last month, according to online federal court records.

The city’s Law Department, in its summary of the case in the Board of Estimates’ agenda, stated that discovery revealed “factual disputes” and that a settlement would “resolve the litigation economically and avoid the expense, time and uncertainties of further protracted litigation including, mounting attorneys’ fees.”

Broyles was represented by Paul V. Bennett and Jeffrey J. Sadri of the Law Office of Paul V. Bennett in Annapolis.

The case is Boyles v. Baltimore City Police Department, 1:14-cv-02117-RDB.