SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – A former Springfield police recruit is now suing the department, alleging sexual harassment and gender discrimination.
In a labor complaint filed earlier this year, Amanda McIntyre said she had consensual sexual encounters with two co-workers before being fired in December 2020. Command staff reportedly told her she was fired because she lied about not having a relationship with one of the officers. She maintains they were not in a relationship.
McIntyre claims in the lawsuit she was sexually harassed by multiple peers when she was a recruit in the department and was treated differently for being a woman. Others reportedly told her she would have to get into bigger fights to prove her worth. Naked photos of her were allegedly distributed around the office as well.
Among the defendants named in the lawsuit are the Springfield Police Department, Officer Robert Weaver, Lt. Thomas Rappe, former chief Richard Lewis, the Springfield Police Association, and District Attorney Patty Perlow.
The suit, filed by McIntyre’s lawyer, Meredith Holley reports that McIntyre had consensual sex with Weaver, and about two months later, she started having consensual sex with Sgt. Dave Grice. McIntyre reports that the two agreed they were not in a relationship, and Grice is not named as a defendant in the lawsuit.
At one point, an on-duty officer allegedly drove by Grice’s home and saw McIntyre's vehicle there, and the next day, she was told she was under investigation for having an inappropriate relationship with Grice, according to the lawsuit.
"They should've ever been asking her questions about these off-duty sexual encounters. They were not related to work," Holley said.
A week later, McIntyre said she was fired for saying she wasn’t in a relationship with the sergeant. However, McIntyre claims the men she had sex with weren’t punished at all. When investigators questioned Grice, they allegedly looked at his private text messages and photos and saw nude photos of her.
Holley alleges the discriminatory behavior is ingrained into the culture of the department.
"Springfield is a very male-dominated department and [McIntyre] had some differential treatment as soon as she got there,” Holley said.
The lawsuit is seeking a jury trial and adds that the matter of compensation would be put in the hands of the jury.
Holley said McIntyre was also placed on the “Brady List,” which is essentially a database that logs officer misconduct.
She said that makes it very difficult to obtain a job in law enforcement moving forward.
Removal from that list is a part of the compensation they're looking for, among other damages.
Perlow declined to comment due to the active lawsuit. The City of Springfield said they take the allegations seriously, and they have identified several claims they do not agree with.