Mountain View has asked a Santa Clara County Superior Court judge to dismiss a sexual harassment lawsuit brought against the city and police Chief Max Bosel by a former dispatcher in 2016.
Annie Lohman joined the Mountain View Police Department in 2003, then became a SWAT team dispatcher in 2005 under then-Cmdr. Bosel. The lawsuit alleges that Bosel and the team sexually harassed Lohman in 2006 and 2007, and eventually forced her out of the department because she wouldn't participate in their behavior.
The city filed a motion July 20 to dismiss the lawsuit, saying Lohman did not meet the one-year statute of limitations for reporting the harassment, and that her claims were not backed by evidence.
City attorneys dismissed Lohman's allegations of retaliatory behavior, saying she was placed on administrative leave in 2015 due to poor performance as a dispatcher.
The motion lists several complaints from other police officers, saying Lohman forgot to take the name of a caller reporting a homicide at Shoreline Amphitheatre, told police an incorrect address for a drowning victim and failed to give CPR instructions to help a victim "turning purple" at a gym basketball court.
Two months after she was placed on administrative leave for her alleged mistakes, city attorneys said Lohman filed a human resources complaint about sexual harassment within the department.
Lohman resigned from her job on May 21 of this year. Her lawsuit alleges nudity, simulated sexual acts, lewd jokes and explicit sexual banter from SWAT officers.
The suit seeks a jury trial and more than $25,000 in damages, but Lohman's attorney James McManis said the city is doing its best to avoid both consequences.
"They don't want this ever to get in the hands of a jury," McManis said.
He said Lohman had hoped to retire in the Mountain View Police Department after a long career, but she was forced to resign because of the other officers' behavior.
"She was exposed to these disgusting practices this SWAT team had, then they turned on her because she wasn't going to be one of the gang," McManis said. "They basically made life miserable for her."
Judge Peter Kirwan will hear the city's motion for summary judgment in Santa Clara County Superior Court on Oct. 4.
Neither Bosel nor the city was willing to comment on the litigation.