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NYC Settles Sexual Harassment Suit Sparked By Alleged Behavior Of Former Head Of NYPD’s Jewish Police Officers Shomrim Society
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
NYPD Officer Michele Alexander has reached a low six-figure settlement with New York City, the Daily News reported. In a federal lawsuit, Alexander alleged she was sexually harassed by Lt. Jason Margolis, the former president of the Shomrim Society of Jewish police officers.
This is the second six-figure settlement paid to female NYPD cop claiming she was sexually harassed by Margolis.
Alexander reported the alleged harassment to the NYPD’s office of Equal Employment Opportunity. She says Margolis retaliated against her for doing so.
“Lt. Margolis continued to ask me out stating: ‘If I learn to play the game, all my troubles would go away,’” Alexander’s federal suit says.
The earlier settlement was paid last March to NYPD Officer Jazmia Inserillo, who claimed Margolis sexually harassed her while he bragged about his supposed close ties to NYPD leadership because of his position with Shomrim.
In her settlement, Inserillo was paid $110,000 from New York City and an additional $2,500 by Margolis.
Alexander received a reported settlement of $175,000 even though an NYPD investigation found he had done nothing wrong.
Previously, Margolis had 10 vacation days taken from him was and ordered to attend a “professionalism in the workplace” seminar.
“Ms. Alexander is pleased to have resolved this matter and hopes that her case will serve to assist the New York City Police Department and the City of New York in taking corrective measures to how they investigate, respond to, and remedy police officer complaints of sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation at the workplace so that other police officers are not subjected to same,” Alexander’s lawyer, JoAnn Squillace, told the Daily News Friday.
The 43-year-old Alexander had retired from the NYPD before the lawsuit was filed.
The suit details what Margolis allegedly did to Alexander:
• “[In the fall of 2009 Margolis] approached me on duty at the main desk and stated: ‘My wife is going to be out of town. I would like for you to come over to my house.’”
• Alexander refused, and a few days later Margolis approached her again. “'What is the problem — is it that you don’t date white guys or have you ever had a white man…Is it because I am married?’”
• Over the next two years, Alexander said she was punished by Margolis. He changed her work schedule, changed her regular patrol partner, fabricated discipline issues, denied her overtime, and then refused to accommodate her after she was injured while on the job.
The New York City Law Department said the settlement with Alexander was in the city’s best interest.