When entering Field Training Phase, Ratti again requested special
consideration for his dyslexia, and was again denied. Not only that, he says he was told to keep his disability a secret. He received
constant criticism from his Field Training Officers, according to the
suit, and scored low on his reports.
Eventually, Ratti hired
high-powered attorney and former supervisor Angela Alioto, who sent a
letter to SFPD human resources on March 24, 2009, asking for reasonable
accommodation of Ratti's disability. On April 3, the SFPD terminated his
Sergeant Wilfred Williams, an SFPD spokesman, said he is not at liberty to discuss personnel matters or anything specific to the Ratti case. But he did say that the city handles requests for reasonable accommodation regarding dyslexia "on a case-by-case basis."
Ratti's lawsuit begs to differ. "No one with dyslexia will get through the FTO
program," SFPD Lieutenant Michael Silverman allegedly told Ratti. "The department does not want any officers with dyslexia in