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Posted On: July 16, 2010 by Peter M. LaSorsa

Police Officers Receive $300,000 In Their Settle Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

Two police officers won a sexual harassment lawsuit and received $300,000. The person who did the sexual harassment was an openly gay male colleague in the New York Police Department. According to details of the lawsuit, Lt. Kieran Crowe sexually harassed Sgt. Dominic Coppola and Sgt. Sean Gallagher. The sexual harassment included Crowe making sexually explicit gestures with his hands and his tongue at the male officers. One of the manual gestures the officers complained about was Crowe allegedly rubbing his crotch in front of them.

In a remarkable defense strategy, Crowe testified that if he had rubbed his crotch, it was due to medical conditions. He even brought in a medical expert and his dermatologist confirmed that Crowe had suffered from jock itch. The administrative law judge did not buy that rubbish and awarded the large amount to the two men. Sexual harassment does not just involve members of the opposite sex. Same sex harassment or harassment based on sexual orientation is also against the law and if you are subjected to it, you may be entitled to monetary damages.

EEOC lawyer Ernest Haffner said, "It’s certainly possible that there’s more sexual harassment of men going on, but it could just be that more men are coming forward and complaining about it."

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