Seminar Title

Online - Protect Your Agency from Employee Retaliation Claims 

Dates of Events

05/11/2021 through 05/11/2021

Last Updated: 04/22/2021
Instructor(s): Lou Reiter
Course Registration Fee: $125
Instructor Bio
Lou Reiter currently is a police consultant. He offers three (3) separate professional services to the law enforcement community. He provides training to police groups in the high liability areas of use of force, emergency vehicle operations, high risk operations, investigations of citizen complaints, Internal Affairs procedures, investigation of critical incidents, and liability management. He will normally conduct 15-20 of these programs ranging from 2 hours to 5 days in length. The primary seminars are a 2-1/2 day program on Internal Affairs and Police Discipline and a 5 day program on investigation of police use of force incidents.

Each year, Lou also conducts an average of 5-10 agency management audits and liability assessments. These have been for state, county and municipal police operations. The size of these agencies has been from 3 persons to 39,000 employees. These audits allow him to be in police cars up to 100 hours each year. He has been a consultant on 8 U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section, investigations of agencies involving patterns and practices of Constitutional violations. He was selected as a Federal Court monitor for the Consent Decree of Colln v. Ventura County Sheriff's Department, CA.

Lou provides litigation consultation to attorney firms involved in police civil actions. Since 1983, Lou has been retained in over 1100 such cases in nearly every state plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. This has been on both sides of the table with approximately 60 percent being for plaintiffs.

Lou Reiter was a member of the Los Angeles Police Department from 1961 to 1981. During that tenure he had 22 different assignments and rose through to ranks to retire as Deputy Chief of Police. About 70 percent of his time was spent in uniformed operations while the bulk of the remainder was in Internal Affairs, use of force review, training and personnel administration.

Lou has been published throughout his professional career. He was one of the principle researchers and authors of the 1973 Police Task Force Reportof the National Advisory Commission on Criminal Standards and Goals, where he authored the chapters on Internal Discipline, Training and Management-Employee Relations. Reiter has recently authored the 3rd Edition Law Enforcement Administrative Investigations guide: A Manual for Citizen Complaints, Administrative Investigations and Internal Affairs which will be provided to seminar participants.
Course Objectives
Course Overview:
Date: May 11, 2021
Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm (Eastern Time)

Public Safety employee retaliation civil lawsuits are increasing and costly.
Public Safety employees appear to be suing their agencies more frequently alleging various forms of retaliation. These are resulting in 6 and 7 figure verdicts and settlements. There are many reasons for these types of lawsuits. Some result from retaliatory actions following a whistleblower’s coming forward with allegations. Others can result from the allegation that the retaliation or discrimination was based on the employee’s gender, race, religion or other protected status and retaliation against another employee who might support a fellow employee’s case. Some are a form of backlash resulting from the employee’s discipline in other matters. Underlying these types of allegations is the potential that we aren’t treating some employees fairly. This webinar will address:
· The current state of affairs around the country
· The basic elements of a retaliation lawsuit
· Essential aspects of investigating allegations of retaliation
· How Internal Affairs can become a catalyst for a retaliation lawsuit
· Supervisory actions that can stimulate this type of action
· Why developing a policy might safeguard your agency?

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