South Bend cop suing city, former chief for sex discrimination accused of policy violations

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By: Krystal Vivian kvivian@953mnc.com

(Krystal Vivian/95.3 MNC)

Policy violations could result in an unpaid suspension for a South Bend police officer who filed a sex discrimination lawsuit against the city and former chief Ron Teachman.

Joy Phillips, who joined the South Bend Police Department in 1999, is accused of filing reports that included false or incomplete information, ignoring supervisors’ instructions at least twice and ignoring the chain of command to get involved in SWAT standoff negotiations that she wasn’t called to, the South Bend Tribune reported.

In all, the violations could lead to a maximum 54-day unpaid suspension. Phillips is expected to request a hearing with the South Bend Board of Public Safety.

Phillips filed a lawsuit against the city in Teachman after she claims she was passed over for promotions given to men with less experience and poor work histories. She also claims she was sexually harassed and exposed to demeaning behavior from other officers and that her supervisors did nothing about it.

Read more about the lawsuit in the full story from the South Bend Tribune.