Former officer sues Ketchikan, alleging sex bias

Posted: Thursday, May 22, 2003

KETCHIKAN (AP) A former corporal in the Ketchikan Police Department has filed a lawsuit against the department, the city and several current and former city officials accusing them of gender discrimination and seeking damages.

Retired Cpl. Andrea Jacobson filed the suit in Ketchikan Superior Court early this year.

The case was moved to federal court last month at the request of the defendants.

Named in the lawsuit in addition to the city and police department are City Manager Karl Amylon, Police Chief Grant Sirevog and former Police Chief Dan Anslinger.

In the complaint, Jacobson says she ''was discriminated against by (the) defendants and others at KPD; then, because she filed good faith complaints protesting the discrimination, she was retaliated against by all defendants.''

She also alleges that she was forced to resign because the defendants ''made it clear that (Jacobson) had no reasonable opportunity to be promoted within KPD, as her male peers and even her subordinates were.''

Sirevog would not comment on he lawsuit. Anslinger no longer lives in Ketchikan and did not return telephone messages left by the Ketchikan Daily News.

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