Virginia Beach Settles Police Discrimination Lawsuit

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The City of Virginia Beach has reached a settlement with Police Officer Nicole A. Kosmas, who sued the city and 10 police employees for more than $9.2 million, alleging gender-based discrimination and sexual harassment.


The parties settled the case after a lengthy mediation. Neither the city nor the individual defendants admit liability, but the city has agreed to pay $165,000 to Kosmas and $185,000 to her attorneys for costs and fees. The settlement agreement is protected from disclosure per Virginia Code § 2.2-3705.1(1).  


“I believe that this is a fair settlement that enables both the Police Department and Officer Kosmas to productively move forward,” City Attorney Mark D. Stiles said. “Virginia Beach is the safest large city in America – in large part because of the vigilance of our outstanding Police Department. This settlement will allow our police officers to continue the courageous work they perform every day, protecting our citizens, businesses and visitors.”


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