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Police officer claims she was the victim of sexual harassment

A police detective who worked in the Human Trafficking Unit claims that she suffered retaliation after speaking up about a hostile work environment. The highly decorated Texas detective received a Texas Purple Heart in 2006 after she was dragged from her vehicle and run over by a suspect. While she was working, she claims that she was subjected to sexual harassment from her male coworkers.

According to her case, the male detectives complained when she stopped them from unnecessarily coming in contact with nude female victims. She claims that she was blocked physically by the male officers so that they could spend more time with the women. Furthermore, she alleges that the men would show her lewd photos of women on the Internet and make sexual comments and jokes. The plaintiff,who happens to be lesbian, was also asked by the men if she wanted to have sex with the women they showed her on the websites.

She filed a complaint with Internal Affairs, but claims that she was retaliated against for speaking up. Following the complaint, she was accused of sexually harassing the male officers. She was reassigned to the Auto Theft Unit, and the men continued working in her former unit. For her case, she is seeking to be awarded up to $1 million for her emotional duress and lost income.

No worker should ever have to be in an environment which makes them feel uncomfortable. Texas employees who believe that they are the victims of sexual harassment may first wish to complain to their superiors to seek resolution of the issue. If the situation remains unchanged, the workers may wish to move forward with a lawsuit. In a successfully navigated case, the employees may be awarded monetary damages, lost wages and any other financial losses documented before the court.

Source: kvue.com, "APD detective files sexual harassment lawsuit", Dec. 31, 2014

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