Updated 09/26/2012 06:52 PM
Employment applications scrutinized in Miller discrimination suit
The officer who is suing the City of Ithaca in a federal discrimination suit remained on the witness stand Wednesday. Chris Miller is seeking $19 million in damages, saying he was treated unfairly by the Ithaca Police Department and its officers because he is white. Our Melissa Kakareka has the latest from inside the courtroom.
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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- Chris Miller's past employment history faced intense scrutiny in federal court Wednesday.
Miller, who claims he was the victim of discrimination and retaliation at the Ithaca Police Department, once again spent the day on the witness stand.
The defense claims that in addition to several disciplinary infractions, Miller was fired from the Ithaca Police Department for omitting information on his application. Miller was questioned about that application and several others from previous jobs.
The defense pointed out that on all of the applications, he omitted previous employment at the Vinton Police Department in Virginia and Cargill Deicing Technology.
The defense attempted to prove that Miller left the information out because he was fired and showed the jury a human resources file from the Vinton Police Department. It recommends Miller be terminated because he didn't follow directions and because he vandalized a co-worker's sunglasses.
Miller maintains that he was never dismissed from a job in his life.
The defense also questioned Miller about his involvement in a 2004 incident where he and another officer raided a homeless camp known as "the jungle," pointing out that Miller was suspended and nearly fired for the incident before ever filing a human resources complaint.
Miller says he did nothing wrong during the jungle incident or on any other occasion where discipline occurred.