Cincinnati police sergeant sues city, others for posting 'sensitive' medical information

Cincinnati police sergeant sues city, others for posting 'sensitive' medical information
District 5 (FOX19 NOW/ Jennifer Baker)

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A Cincinnati police sergeant is bringing legal action against the city, city manager, and city's police chief for the release of sensitive medical information.

In the lawsuit, Sgt. Jeffrey Dunaway claims the release of highly-confidential personal medical information was a violation of substantive due process, invasion of privacy, and a violation of the right to free speech.

Dunaway has served as a Cincinnati police officer since February 1993. He was diagnosed with Stage 4 prostate cancer in July 2009 and had surgery later that year. Dunaway eventually returned to work, and in 2015, was promoted to sergeant and transferred to District 5 headquarters on Ludlow Avenue.

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Dunaway claims in the lawsuit he had not told his young children about his cancer and surgery, other than those on a need-to-know basis. He claims he was shocked when the father of a teammate on his son's baseball team approached him about his recovery.

Dunaway claims the information was posted in his employee profile on the Police Department internal website. He claims any city employee could have seen this information.

In the lawsuit, the medical information in question was described as highly sensitive.

The lawsuit says Dunaway was denied a transfer from District 5, a headquarters "widely regarded as a cancer cluster."

According to the lawsuit, Dunaway wants a transfer from District 5, compensatory damages including emotional distress damages, punitive damages, attorney fees, among other things.

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