Female Nassau cops win bias suit against department

Three former detectives have won a $1 million verdict in a federal lawsuit that accused fellow officers at their Levittown precinct house of posting pornography, making lewd remarks and disobeying their

News 12 Staff

Nov 18, 2008, 1:08 AM

Updated 5,724 days ago

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Three former detectives have won a $1 million verdict in a federal lawsuit that accused fellow officers at their Levittown precinct house of posting pornography, making lewd remarks and disobeying their orders.
The female detectives accused the co-workers of sexual harassment and discrimination and filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The federal jury returned the verdict late Friday after a six-week trial.
The women contended they were disciplined unfairly and denied opportunities for training and overtime given to men.
?It was a frat house mentality, it was a boys' club,? says plaintiff Deirdre Ketchum. ?We made complaints to supervisors, it should have never gotten this far. They did not respond to our complaints and that's why we're here today.?
Nassau County Police Commissioner Lawrence Mulvey issued a statement saying he does not believe there is a widespread pattern of behavior, but that the department is taking steps through training to keep the workplace free from discrimination.
The police department says that the decision will likely be appealed.


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