St. Louis County Police Department officer told to ‘tone down the gay’ if he wanted a promotion

A police officer is suing his police department after he was allegedly told to ‘tone down the gay’.

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Sgt Keith Wildhaber was allegedly told to ‘tone down’ his sexuality if he wanted a promotion, according to a discrimination suit filed against the St. Louis County Police Department.

Mr Wildhaber had served in the police force for more than two decades in St. Louis when he applied for a promotion in 2014.

However he claims his superiors had discriminated against him because he is gay, telling him to ‘tone down’ his sexuality if he wanted a promotion.

According to the lawsuit, obtained by the St Louis Post-Dispatch, the officer ‘has been subjected to unlawful employment discrimination by being denied multiple promotions’ in violation of the Missouri Human Rights Act, which outlaws anti-LGBT discrimination.

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