Jewish Sheriff’s Deputy Wins Right to Trial in Mel Gibson Rant Case

Saturday, January 14, 2012
Mel Gibson arrest photo
The Los Angeles County deputy sheriff who arrested Mel Gibson six years ago, and endured an anti-Semitic rant from the actor, has won the right to sue his superiors over the way he was treated after the highly-publicized incident.
Officer James Mee, who is Jewish, claims his supervisors, Lieutenant Crystal Miranda and Sergeant Kevin Finch, ordered him to delete anti-Semitic remarks from his official report and instead put them in a supplemental report that would be marked “confidential.” After complaining about this order, Mee was overlooked multiple times for other positions in the sheriff’s department.
He is suing on grounds of religious discrimination and a hostile work environment.
A Superior Court judge ruled that Mee could proceed to trial on religious and hostile work environment grounds, but dismissed his claim for retaliation, citing lack of evidence.
Gibson was stopped on July 28, 2006, for drunk driving in Malibu, resulting in a tirade of profanity and anti-Semitic language directed at Mee.
-Noel Brinkerhoff

Jewish Sheriff’s Deputy Who Arrested Mel Gibson Sues L.A. County for Discrimination (by David Wallechinsky and Noel Brinkerhoff, AllGov) 


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