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Former Ramapo Officer Sues Town, Claiming Race, Gender Discrimination

A former police officer plans to sue to the Ramapo Police Department for hara
A former police officer plans to sue to the Ramapo Police Department for hara Photo Credit: File photo

ROCKLAND COUNTY, N.Y. -- A former Ramapo police officer filed a notice of claim to sue the town, claiming she was treated unfairly because of her race and gender, according to the claim.

Yolanda Tyson, who was hired in 2005, plans to sue the town for $75 million for discrimination in salary, overtime, promotions, benefits, and discipline, which the notice says began in February 2006.

Tyson says in the notice filed on Wednesday, June 28 that she was treated differently from other officers after she injured her left arm and neck during a crash in her police car in Montebello, on Jan. 31, 2012, and she was denied disability benefits stemming from the accident.

One of the main elements of the notice claimed the department fostered a culture of harassing officers based on their race and color.

"She (Tyson) and other police officers of color deserve equal treatment under the law. Ms. Tyson intends to hold these public officials accountable.” said her attorney Eric Sanders in a statement.

Named in the suit are former town supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence, the police department and Councilman Pat Withers, among other town officials.

Tyson, a former NYPD officer, was dismissed June 27 by the town, after not working for more than a year.

The Town of Ramapo and the police department were not available for comment Monday due to the holiday.

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