Telford Borough, PA- A former officer for the Telford Borough Police has filed lawsuit, suing the department, the borough, the police chief and two officers alleging she was sexually harassed and subjected to discrimination as the only female officer.
In a 30 page suit, Connie McGinnis, 27, says that she was the target of repeated sexually harassment by fellow officers, and was fired after taking her complaints to supervisors.
“She was subjected to stalking, peeping, and explicit language and pornographic displays belittling women,” the suit says.
McGinnis’ suit accuses Chief Randal Floyd, Officers David Stevens and David Bechtel of sexual misconduct.
Chief Floyd allegedly made frequent sexual advances towards her inviting her to spend the night with him at his home, at a mountain retreat and in a hotel room.
Officer Steven is accused of following her when he was off-duty including when she was conducting DUI stops.
Officer Bechtel allegedly asked her to perform a sexual act, an incident she reported to the chief.
McGinnis was fired a few weeks after she reported Bechtel’s behavior for writing a ticket Chief Randal ordered her not to write, which she alleges was retaliation.
McGinnis’ suit is one among a recent rash of sexual harassment lawsuits filed against local law enforcement agencies.
Harassment and discrimination make for a hostile work environment and cause emotional duress for the target. When their employers fail to protect their employees from this abuse, a sexual harassment attorney may be the only person able to get these individuals a sense of justice.
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