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NYPD Sergeant Files Sexual Harassment Complaint Against His Male Boss

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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6:35AM PDT on Aug 22, 2011

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

6:38PM PDT on Jul 18, 2011

It takes a lot of courage to do this.

7:04AM PDT on Jul 7, 2011

Courage man.

11:19AM PDT on Jun 22, 2011

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

12:01AM PDT on Jun 10, 2011

thanks for the article.

12:49AM PDT on Jun 9, 2011

Go guy!

12:04AM PDT on Jun 9, 2011

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

3:29PM PDT on Jun 8, 2011

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

3:23PM PDT on Jun 8, 2011

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

12:58PM PDT on Jun 8, 2011

Stand up for personal rights.

Rude is rude no matter who is doing it.

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