According to KJRH, a Bartlesville police officer has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against the city and Fraternal Order of Police lodge in federal court. A fifteen-year veteran female officer alleges that the department harassed her with sexual references, obscene comments, sexually suggestive physical gestures and exposure to inappropriate photographs and types of sexual harassment. The plaintiff alleges these sexual harassment actions created a hostile work environment and affected her ability to perform her police duties.
The female officer also alleges that she was retaliated against, denied promotions, and had secret personnel files created about her after repeatedly reporting these actions to her immediate supervisors.
Additionally, the plaintiff alleges that she was the victim of gender discrimination in promotion proceedings.
According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff is seeking $3 million in actual damages and $3 million in punitive damages. The Bartlesville Police Department had no comment on the matter.
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