Ex-Paso police officer updates claim against city alleging retaliation

tstrickland@thetribunenews.comJanuary 28, 2013 

A former Paso Robles Police Department officer has amended his workplace retaliation claim against the city, according to a filing obtained by The Tribune.

Officer Jon Tatro resigned from the department in December. He filed his first claim in late 2011 on complaints surrounding the department’s alleged illegal traffic-ticket quota.

The updated claim, received by the city Jan. 13, includes additional allegations of workplace retaliation that reportedly took place after Tatro submitted his first claim, according to the documents.

Tatro also filed a lawsuit in February 2012 against the city on the same argument alleging workplace retaliation.

Tatro’s claim and lawsuit only detail one side of the story. The lawsuit hasn’t been scheduled for trial yet, city officials said Friday.

The updated claim says that Tatro has been further subjected to negative job employment evaluations, unwarranted disciplinary processes with the threat of termination and removal of specialized training. Tatro says he was “under intense and continued scrutiny and criticism regarding work performance,” the documents say.

The California Vehicle Code forbids law enforcement agencies from forcing officers to meet quotas for traffic citations. It also forbids law enforcement agencies from using the number of citations issued by an officer as the sole reason for promoting, demoting, reassigning, firing or otherwise disciplining an officer.

The city denied Tatro’s original claim and is currently reviewing the amended version, City Manager Jim App said.

Tatro is still seeking unspecified damages including attorney’s fees for mental anguish and stress, among other conditions.

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