Bonner Springs detective files suit against city, claiming age, gender cost her promotion

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- A Bonner Springs detective with more than two decades of experience is suing the city after she claims a younger, less experienced man was offered a promotion over her.

Detective Victoria Fogarty filed suit in federal court on Friday, claiming the ordeal is embarrassing, humiliating, and has caused her emotional distress.

According to the federal complaint, the 56-year-old woman claims the police department discriminated against her on the basis of age and gender, and says she endured retaliation from other officers after filing a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission about her concerns.

The allegations stem from a situation in which Fogarty claims the new police chief promised her a promotion to be the investigations commander, only to be passed up for the position by a younger, less experienced male officer -- who landed the job, the raise and the benefits that came with it.

Fogarty believed she deserved the promotion after 18 years as a detective, but didn't get because she's an older woman closer to retirement.

Furthermore, she said she was informed in May that she’ll be rotated out of her current capacity in the investigations unit in January of 2017 to patrol, which she calls a demotion and “an adverse job action,” according to the complaint. In the document she describes that since 1996 when she first became a detective, she had never been rotated to patrol.

Fogarty and her lawyer declined an interview on Friday, as did the police department and others listed in the lawsuit.

The city manager, city attorney and mayor did not return FOX 4’s calls.

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