An NYPD sergeant recently stood trial to defend against claims of sexual harassment from a female NYPD officer. According to the female officer, the sergeant demoted her from the youth unit to patrol duty as a means of retaliation for rebuffing the sergeant and another officer's romantic attempts. Further, an inappropriate picture of a sexual nature was put in the female officer's office.
The female officer decided she was not going to tolerate such behavior and filed a sexual harassment lawsuit. The sergeant admits that the officer was reassigned, but he says it was on the grounds of her poor work ethic. Further, the sergeant alleges the female officer to frequently lie. However, in his efforts to discredit the female officer, his word may have been a bit discredited when the female's lawyer presented a positive review that the sergeant wrote. He claims he was careless in his evaluation of the officer.
Sexual harassment should not be tolerated. It is inappropriate, uncomfortable and inhibits good employees from doing their job properly. Everything from the placement of a picture of a puppet with genitals in a victim's office -- as in this case -- all the way to sexual contact, it is all sexual harassment and none of it should be tolerated.
The female officer in this New York sexual harassment case is seeking unspecified monetary damages. The outcome of this case remains to be seen.
Source: New York Daily News, "Cop: I'm no sex-harassing Muppet," John Marzulli, Sept. 4, 2012
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