Sgt Keith Wildhaber has served in the police force of St. Louis over 20 years. But the legal complaint by Wildhaber alleges that his superiors have discriminated against him as gay asking him to tone his sexuality down if he wants to be promoted. According to the lawsuit the policeman “has been subjected to unlawful employment discrimination by being denied multiple promotions” in violation of the Missouri Human Rights Act, which outlaws anti-LGBT discrimination. According to the suit, when he applied for a promotion to Lieutenant in 2014, a member of the Board of Police Commissioners advised him: “The command staff has a problem with your sexuality. If you ever want to see a white shirt [ie get a promotion] you should tone down your gayness.”
The department has refused to comment on the suit, but the now-former board member named in the court documents disagreed all the allegations saying that he could never say anything like that.