Keith Wildhaber Biography
Keith Wildhaber is from St Louis County, Missouri police sergeant. He alleges he was passed over for promotion 23 times.
‘County taxpayers are on the hook for $19 million because Chief Jon Belmar wouldn’t give such a white shirt to Sgt. Keith Wildhaber. Now it’s time for him to pay the price. @DrSamPage must take away Belmar’s white shirt.’ https://t.co/GB4XvQlWtZ
— Tony Messenger (@tonymess) October 27, 2019
Keith Wildhaber Lawsuit
Sergeant Wildhaber filed a lawsuit against the police in 2017, after he has allegedly undergone a promotion 23 times despite stellar performance criticisms.
‘Out of the closet and sitting … just a few feet from the chief who stands in the way of the white shirt he covets, Sgt. Keith Wildhaber is asking that St. Louis County jury to send a message to law enforcement everywhere: It’s OK to be a gay cop.’ https://t.co/J51v21jGRO
— Tony Messenger (@tonymess) October 24, 2019
The lawsuit alleges that in 2014 he was told to “tone down the gayness” to obtain promotion from John Saracino, then a member of the St Louis County Police Commissioners Board. Saracino denied having made the comment.
He added that he felt he had been “hit in the stomach.”
After filing a complaint, Sergeant Wildhaber alleges that he was reassigned to work the midnight shift at a station farther from his home.
Keith Wildhaber earns $ 19 million
He received $ 1.9 million in real damages and $ 10 million in punitive damages for discrimination, and $ 999,000 in real damages and $ 7 million in punitive damages as a victim of reprisals.
A juror told reporters: “We wanted to send a message.
“If you discriminate, you will pay a great price … you cannot defend the indefensible.”
Declaration of the St Louis County Police Department
A 24-year veteran of the St. Louis County Police has won nearly $20M in an anti-discrimination lawsuit
Sgt. Keith Wildhaber alleged he was passed over 23 times for promotion, and also transferred to a less desirable work location and shift.https://t.co/vcUcXpoYyy
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) October 26, 2019
Sam Page, the St Louis County executive, issued a statement saying the police department should be a place where employment decisions are taken for merit.
He added: “The time has come for leadership changes, and the change must start from above.”