Detective Brenda Bermudez of the Austin Police Department in Texas recently filed a lawsuit against the city after claiming that her co-police officers and the department treated her unfairly in the workplace, KVUE reported on December 31.
Bermudez stated that her co-workers retaliated against her and provided a hostile working environment after she reported sexual harassment performed by her colleagues while she was a team member in the Human Trafficking Unit in 2010.
According to the lawsuit, Bermudez accused her male co-workers of molesting unclothed female victims in sting operations. She was then often teased if she would do the same to the nude female prostitution victims who they rescued, as she was a lesbian. In this way, she was often the subject of offensive jokes.
When she reported the behavior, she was transferred to a different department, while no measures were taken against the colleagues she claimed acted inappropriately.
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