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Black VA Cop Lacks Evidence of Bias in Sex Harassment Suspension

March 27, 2020, 2:08 PM

The Veterans Affairs Department doesn’t have to face trial on a black police officer’s claim that his suspension and other discipline for alleged sexual harassment of a hospital visitor was motivated by racial bias, the Northern District of Illinois ruled.

Benjamin Levy argued that the VA’s stated reason for suspending him for two weeks was a pretext for race bias. He pointed to a white police captain who was accused of sexually harassing a female VA employee but was never disciplined.

But unlike Cary Kolbe, Levy was also found to have failed to cooperate in the VA’s investigation of the...

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