NYPD Sergeant Files Sexual Harassment Complaint Against His Male Boss

In the wake of recent discussions of sexual harassment in the workplace, including the increase in harassment claims in France, it’s important to remember that women are not the only victims of sexual harassment.  In a new case, Sgt. Nelson Fernandez, a nine-year veteran of the New York Police Department, filed a sexual harassment claim against his male boss, saying that he’s “fed up” with unwanted advances at work.

“He’ll call me in for no particular reason,” Fernandez told the NY Daily News. “Then he’ll lounge back with his feet up, and he puts a pen in his mouth and starts sucking on it in a sexual manner.”

According to Fernandez, his superior, Deputy Inspector, Thomas Connolly, also commented on “how sexy” Fernandez looked.  And, perhaps most disturbingly, Fernandez alleged that Connolly touched him inappropriately during patrols.

Last month, when Fernandez told two lieutenants about Connolly’s behavior, they encouraged him to go forward to the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, which investigates sexual harassment.  Connolly is apparently “fully confident” that he will be exonerated.

These complaints are troubling, especially since Fernandez says that he was encouraged by his colleagues to “take one for the team” – in other words, to put up with Connolly’s inappropriate behavior for everyone else’s sake.  And while male-on-male sexual harassment is less common than men harassing women, that often means that men get even less sympathy and credibility when they come forward with allegations like Fernandez’s.


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Joy Jin
Joy Jin4 years ago

Good for him. He's really brave and I hope that he gets justice.

Sonny Honrado
Sonny Honrado4 years ago

It takes a lot of courage to do this.

Sonny Honrado
Sonny Honrado4 years ago

Courage man.

Allan Yorkowitz
.4 years ago

I know of a similar case going on in a transit system in NJ.

Loo Samantha
Loo sam4 years ago

thanks for the article.

Anne Ortiz Talvaz

Go guy!

Lynn C.
Lynn c.4 years ago

And these are keepers of the 'peace'...

Don N.
Donald Nelson4 years ago

PS. he's really good looking but still unacceptable behavior.

Don N.
Donald Nelson4 years ago

Let's see a picture of him.....We can be the judge of how sexy he looks :)

Vivianne Mosca-Clark

Stand up for personal rights.

Rude is rude no matter who is doing it.