Though one of the first openly lesbian cops at the Santa Ana Police Department (SAPD), Tammy Franks' sexuality didn't block her impressive rise through the ranks to the position of commander or prevent her from collecting numerous commendations for her public service.
But the commander's 28-year career didn't end well on Jan. 29 when she reluctantly retired.
In a lawsuit she filed this week, Franks claims a misogynistic and anti-gay subordinate officer targeted her for gender and sexual orientation discrimination by falsely claiming she'd created a hostile work environment, and chief Carlos Rojas improperly used that complaint in February 2014 as a pretext to rob her of earned authority.
The lawsuit starts with a minor mystery: She identified her subordinate antagonist only as "Informant" but also described him as the author of And God Made Eve and Why Your Husband Hates You, books written by SAPD officer Pete Bollinger.
According to the lawsuit, Bollinger earned an official reprimand for misconduct before his December 2013 retirement, acted as if he'd been targeted by SAPD lesbians who hate males and filed a complaint against Franks, who was at the time in charge of the Internal Affairs unit, as well as two other officers perceived as gay.More »