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Police lieutenant files defamation lawsuit against mayor

Many individuals in Ohio and elsewhere consider opportunities for career advancement to be of the utmost importance. While in some cases, a new opening may go to a more qualified applicant, in others, one could be overlooked for reasons that might be considered unfair or unjust. A police lieutenant in another state has recently filed a defamation lawsuit against the mayor after she reversed a decision to promote him to inspector.

According to reports, the lieutenant was recommended and chosen for the position by the police chief. Upon reviewing the decision, the mayor apparently chose to reject the promotion, and accused the man of being untrustworthy and racially biased. The lieutenant recently filed a lawsuit against the mayor, claiming that the statements against him were malicious in nature and were made with reckless disregard for the truth.

The former police chief expressed a great deal of disappointment in the reversal, stating that she believed the initial choice was made with the best interests of the department and community in mind. The man claims that the incident has done a substantial amount of harm to his reputation and career. Those who are subjected to such unfair treatment may miss out on a rare opportunity for all the wrong reasons, which can be devastating.

Individuals who face similar circumstances may wish to protect their reputation, but they may be uncertain how to achieve this goal. By speaking with an attorney, a client in Ohio could obtain advice on the best course of action with which to proceed. An attorney can evaluate the situation and assist a client in pursuing restitution through a defamation lawsuit against the party or parties deemed culpable.

Source: kstp.com, "Minneapolis Police Lieutenant Sues Mayor Hodges, Claiming Defamation", Oct. 13, 2017

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