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City of Santa Ana prevails in employment discrimination lawsuit

Posted on April 9, 2024

A jury has found in favor of the City on all claims filed by a former Santa Ana Police Department employee.

SANTA ANA, Calif. – The City of Santa Ana has prevailed in an employment discrimination and retaliation lawsuit filed by a former police department employee in 2019.

On Tuesday, April 9, an Orange County Superior Court jury found in favor of the City on all five claims filed by Heather Heider, a former Santa Ana Police Department Forensic Services Supervisor, in an action filed in Orange County Superior Court on March 4, 2019, before the Honorable Judge David J. Hesseltine (Case No. 30-2019-01055281-CU-OE-CJC.) The jury found that Ms. Heider did not face, nor did the City fail to prevent, discrimination or retaliation. The jury additionally rejected Ms. Heider’s claim that she was wrongfully discharged from the City.

The City of Santa Ana continues to be committed to ensuring fair and safe working conditions free of all forms of discrimination and retaliation.

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Paul Eakins

Public Affairs Information Officer

(714) 647-5224


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