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UPDATE: Court documents show describe culture of discrimination in police department

UPDATE: Court documents obtained by KWWL describe a culture of discrimination within the Dubuque Police Department. The lawsuit was filed by Captain Abby Simon of the Dubuque Police Department.

She claims gender discrimination in the form of being passed over for promotions as well as harassment against herself and other female employees during trainings. The documents describe an incident where an instructor said he “didn’t have time” for an officer to pump breast milk.

Dubuque Police Chief Mark Dalsing is accused of several derogatory comments but is also said to have encouraged Simon to form a sort of support group for female officers.

Simon claims she was passed over twice for promotions by male officers who ranked below her on a promotional list. Simon is said to have ranked first.

The City of Dubuque says it doesn’t comment on pending litigation.


DUBUQUE, Iowa (KWWL) – A captain for the Dubuque Police Department is suing the city and police chief for gender discrimination.

Abby Simon filed the suit on Tuesday. She is also suing for harassment and retaliation.

The lawsuit names police chief Mark Dalsing and the city.

Simon claims that her rights were violated while working for the police department.


Ashley Scott

Reporter, Dubuque

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