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NYPD Cop Files Suit for $30M Alleging Sexual Harassment

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New York Civil Rights Attorney Eric Sanders, Esq., of The Sanders Firm, P.C., alleges in a $30 Million Dollar state lawsuit that the NYPD fosters a sexually charged work atmosphere where male supervisors can openly abuse their female subordinates

August 15, 2012 (New York-NY) – Shemalisca Vasquez says that working at Transit Bronx Task Force under Lieutenant Ruben Caban was “very stressful.”
Vasquez, who is a Puerto Rican Female, says that from February 1, 2010 through November 8, 2010, she was subjected to highly offensive sexual conduct including images, text messages and comments in the workplace. She alleges that Lieutenant Ruben Caban her direct supervisor would text her numerous highly offensive sexually explicit pictures of his erect penis and other pornographic materials to her personal cellular telephone on and off-duty. Additionally, when she turned him down, Lieutenant Ruben Caban would offer to increase her overtime, afford her preferential assignments and days off if she would have sexual intercourse with him.  Vasquez further alleges that whenever she turned Lieutenant Ruben down, he would give her “punishment assignments,” reduce her overtime and deny her days off.

In response to her complaints, the Bronx District Attorney’s Office, United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, NYPD Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and the Internal Affairs Bureau never contacted her again, despite numerous follow-up calls.

“Whenever, ‘Females of Color’ complain about sexual harassment and related conduct in the workplace their complaints are routinely ignored by the NYPD management” says Sanders.

Sanders said that the management routinely violated federal and state Civil Rights Laws by failing to take appropriate action to ensure that the workplace is free of sexual harassment and related conduct.

Eric Sanders, Esq., of The Sanders Firm, P.C., filed suit on August 15, 2012.  The name of the case is: Shemalisca Vasquez v. The City of New York, et al., Index No.: 306825-2012, filed in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of the Bronx.

The Sanders Firm, P.C., is a nationally recognized law firm located in New York City serving clients’ throughout the five (5) boroughs of the City of New York Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island as well as Nassau, Orange, Suffolk and Westchester Counties focused on cases involving Civil Rights, and civil service law

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