A St. Louis County police sergeant alleges in a lawsuit against the department that he was told to “tone down” his gayness if he wanted a promotion.
The lawsuit was filed in January by Sgt. Keith Wildhaber, a 22-year veteran of the department.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Wildhaber accuses John Saracino, a former member of the county’s police board, of making the comment.
Saracino told the newspaper the alleged conversation never occurred.
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Wildhaber also alleges he was passed over for promotions, even though he had received excellent reviews. And he contends he was reassigned to a late shift farther from his home after he filed discrimination complaints in April 2016.
A spokesman for Chief Jon Belmar says Belmar wouldn’t comment on the lawsuit.