PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A 20-year state trooper is suing Oregon State Police, alleging his supervisor harassed and retaliated against him for taking medical leave and filing workers’ compensation claims for injuries suffered on the job.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Mark McDougal’s lawsuit was filed Sunday in Multnomah County Circuit Court.
The suit says McDougal suffered a spinal injury when he was run over by a suspect’s car in 2014, that he injured his shoulder during training and that he recently suffered a concussion after falling on ice.
The suit alleges Sgt. Patrick Trippett mocked McDougal for his injuries, called him a gay slur around other troopers and made derogatory remarks about McDougal’s genitals.
Spokesman Capt. Tim Fox says Oregon state police couldn’t comment on pending litigation.
McDougal is seeking $2.5 million in damages and a court-ordered injunction to prohibit state police from the alleged discrimination.