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City ordered to pay sergeant $1M for violating leave rights

March 6, 2018

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A federal jury ordered the city of Reno to pay a police sergeant more than $1 million for violating his medical leave rights.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reports the award for Reno Police Sgt. Michael Browett could be as much as $2 million once the judge figures in liquidated damages.

Reno City Attorney Karl Hall plans to appeal the verdict and declined to comment further.

Browett argued in a lawsuit filed two years ago that Assistant Police Chief Jason Soto retaliated against him for taking sick leave to care for his wife — who had suffered complications giving birth to their son — by passing him over for promotion five times.

Court documents say Browett ranked first on the lieutenant’s exam in 2015 with a score of 90 percent, but was not promoted after interviewing several times with a panel of command staff.

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Information from: Reno Gazette-Journal, http://www.rgj.com

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