A Newport Beach police sergeant’s lawsuit against the city and the police department claiming he was not promoted to lieutenant because of rumors that he is gay will likely go to trial by the end of this month, attorneys for the city said Tuesday.
Sgt. Neil Harvey, who has been on the force more than 25 years, filed a lawsuit in April 2007 against Newport Beach, its police department and former Police Chief Bob McDonell, claiming that he was harassed, retaliated against, and passed over for promotions because he was single, perceived as gay, and actively pursued reporting other officers’ misconduct.
Last week, Orange County Superior Court Judge Peter Polos ruled that the city and its employees are immune to lawsuits claiming Harvey was retaliated against. Instead, the trial, tentatively scheduled to begin Jan. 26, will focus on Harvey’s treatment by co-workers who thought he was gay.