I-Team: Cranston police, mayor face gender discrimination allegations

NBC 10's I-Team has learned that the first female police officer on the Cranston Police Department to be promoted to the rank of lieutenant is now claiming the police chief, the mayor and four other ranking police officers have discriminated against her based on her gender.

Lt. Karen Guilbeault, in a "claim and demand" notice obtained by the I-Team, alleges that Cranston Police Chief Marco Palombo, Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, Maj. John Schaffran, Maj. Robert Ryan, Lt. Russell Henry and Lt. Alan Lizella engaged in gender-based discrimination on at least 12 different occasions.

Among the allegations, Guilbeault claims while she was in the traffic unit, she was denied essential training relating to her duties and not given the opportunity to receive such training, while male co-employees were provided the training.

She also alleges that attempts were made to acquire her confidential test date during the captain's promotional process in 2012 by a superior, which was to be used to advantage male competitors for promotion.

Throughout the "claim and demand" letter, Guilbeault alleges a pattern of gender-based discrimination on the part of several of her superiors, the police chief and the mayor.

She is demanding an amount of money that "compensates her for past and future damages and losses, both economic and non-economic" because of the alleged discrimination.

The attorney representing the city says this type of "claim and demand" notice could be the precursor to a discrimination lawsuit.