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Mason City Police Department

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Christian Fellowship Church

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Fired officer, Mason City, settle federal lawsuit for $95,000 | Find Jodi Huisentruit

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Maria Ohl

Maria Ohl represented herself at the hearing with the Mason City Civil Service Commission in September, 2011.
MASON CITY (Globe Gazette) - A federal discrimination lawsuit by a former Mason City police officer against the city has been dismissed as a result of a settlement.
Maria Ohl filed the suit in November 2010 while she was an officer with the Mason City Police Department.
She claimed sex discrimination, religious discrimination and retaliation by the Police Department.
Under the terms of the settlement, the city denies any wrongdoing or admission of liability, and Ohl will receive $95,000 from the insurance carrier.
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In a deposition filed with the federal court, Ohl claimed she was subjected to ongoing harassment and discriminatory treatment because of her sex and was denied training and promotional opportunities.
She said she had been repeatedly subjected to inappropriate behavior, including a male officer pointing an unloaded gun at her head and pulling the trigger, and several instances of lewd language and gestures.
Regarding the religious discrimination, Ohl said in her deposition that her church affiliation may have played a part in her being denied promotional opportunities.
Ohl is a member of Christian Fellowship Church where her brother-in-law, the Rev. Shane Philpott, is pastor.
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Ohl was fired from the Police Department in August 2011 for reportedly not following department rules and procedures regarding possible evidence in a criminal case.
Ohl appealed her firing to the Civil Service Commission. The commission held hearings in September 2011 and agreed with Chief Lashbrook that Ohl mishandled information she allegedly received regarding the 1995 disappearance of KIMT-TV morning anchor Jodi Huisentruit.
The commission ruled Ohl neglected her duty by not documenting possible evidence and, in doing so, interfered with an investigation, and that she failed to properly secure police records and misused mobile audio and video recording equipment.
At one point Ohl accused state and local law officers of covering up evidence in Huisentruit's disappearance, an accusation that was denied by all the parties accused.
Ohl appealed the commission's ruling in Cerro Gordo County District Court. Earlier this week that suit was dismissed at her request.
Ohl did not return a phone call from the Globe requesting comment.


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MASON CITY, Iowa (Globe Gazette) - A jury trial is scheduled for June 24, 2013, in the federal lawsuit filed by former Mason City police officer Maria Ohl against city officials.

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The suit cites seven counts of alleged improprieties that occurred while Ohl was employed as a police officer.
Maria Ohl, Mason City Civil Service Commission
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Maria Ohl (in red) during the Mason City Civil Service Commission hearing last year (Photo: North Iowa Today)
She was fired in August 2011 for allegedly violating several Police Department regulations.
She appealed her firing to the Civil Service Commission which upheld her dismissal. She has appealed the Civil Service commission decision to Cerro Gordo County District Court. It is scheduled for trial on Oct. 24.
The federal suit was originally filed in November 2010, nine months before she was fired, and later amended. It alleges:
• Two counts of sex discrimination, both against the city, in which Ohl claims she was subjected to a sexually hostile and abusive environment in which she was passed over for promotions because of her gender.
• Two counts of religious discrimination, both against the city, in which she claims she was subjected to offensive and harassing treatment based on her religious beliefs.
• Three counts of retaliation - one against the city, one against Lashbrook and one against Trout, in which Ohl claims she was denied promotion opportunities because she reported alleged discrimination in the workplace.
Ohl is representing herself.


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Find Jodi Huisentruit | The Search for the Missing Television News Anchorwoman

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Maria Ohl filed the suit in November 2010 while she was an officer with the Mason City Police Department. She claimed sex discrimination, religious discrimination and retaliation Continue Reading...

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Maria Ohl trial could be cancelled
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(KIMT-TV) MASON CITY, IA - On Tuesday, an order to cancel the trial for Maria Ohl was filed on Iowa Courts online. Ohl was fired for allegedly mishandling information about the disappearance of KIMT anchor Jodi Huisentruit.
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Ohl appealed that decision in November in 2011. A Continue Reading...


Find Jodi Huisentruit | The Search for the Missing Television News Anchorwoman

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Maria Ohl filed the suit in November 2010 while she was an officer with the Mason City Police Department. She claimed sex discrimination, religious discrimination and retaliation Continue Reading...

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Maria Ohl trial could be cancelled
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(KIMT-TV) MASON CITY, IA - On Tuesday, an order to cancel the trial for Maria Ohl was filed on Iowa Courts online. Ohl was fired for allegedly mishandling information about the disappearance of KIMT anchor Jodi Huisentruit.
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Ohl appealed that decision in November in 2011. A Continue Reading...

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