Westbrook police officer plans to sue claiming she was sexually harassed
WESTBROOK (WGME) -- In Westbrook, a female officer says she was sexually harassed by her fellow officers and now she's planning to sue.
The city of has seen quite a few discrimination cases. About five years ago, two female firefighters sued on similar grounds. They settled with the city for $85,000.
Last week, a notice was filed. It is 80 pages full of allegations. Officer Melissa May started working at the Westbrook Police Department in 2009, and she claims discrimination was evident right away, that there were different rules and expectations for female officers.
According to the claim, the situation escalated this past January, when May pulled over a male officers girlfriend and gave her a speeding ticket, then went back to the station and complained about the girlfriend's attitude.
In the claim, May describes the next month of her life as a living hell. She says her co-workers overheard an officer and a sergeant calling her a derogatory name on more than one occasion.
May says she was bullied by a supervisor and eventually dismissed the speeding ticket for fear of retaliation. She claims the city didn't do enough when she reported harassment.
Westbrook officials wouldn't speak with CBS 13, but Mayor Colleen Hilton issued a statement, saying in part: “We were surprised and disappointed to receive the claim, given the effort made to address her concerns and maintain a work place free of harassment and discrimination, a goal to which we remain committed."
CBS 13 tried to speak with May's attorney but was not successful.