Concord to Pay $150,000 to Settle Police Officer's Discrimination Lawsuit

By Paul Thissen
Contra Costa Times
Posted: 01/25/2011 01:43:09 PM PST Updated: 01/25/2011 01:43:09 PM PST

CONCORD -- The city has agreed to pay $150,000 to its highest-ranking female police officer to settle a gender discrimination suit against its police department.

Lt. Robin Heinemann's action was the second of three interrelated suits; the city agreed in November to pay $750,000 to settle the first case, on the condition that the attorney who filed all three cases never sue the city again.

The third case, filed by Lt. Tim Runyon, is pending.

In addition to the $150,000 to be split between Heinemann and her attorneys, the city will also pay a confidential amount to settle a workers' compensation claim based on the same allegations as the lawsuit, according to a city news release.

In the November settlement, the city agreed to pay $250,000 to former officer Lisa Capocci and $500,000 in legal fees to her attorney's firm, Casper, Meadows and Schwartz. The cost was covered by the city's insurance, City Attorney Craig Labadie said.

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