A female cop was sexually harassed by her lieutenant, who retaliated against her after she reported his creepy conduct to superiors, according to a lawsuit.
Officer Jazmia Inserillo was a rookie cop when Lt. Jason Margolis, then head of the NYPD’s Shomrim Society of Jewish officers, arrived at the 103rd Precinct, the cop charges in a discrimination suit filed in Brooklyn Federal Court.
The sexual harassment started quickly, Inserillo claims. Margolis invited her to his home when his wife wasn’t there, made comments about her body and “grabbed her in an awkwardly extended hug” when she returned from sick leave in 2011, the suit states.
And once, she says, he suggestively massaged her shoulders, prompting her to recoil.
“What’s the matter, you like white guys, don’t you?’ ” Margolis said. Inserillo is African-American and is married to an Italian-American.
All the while, Margolis “bragged openly that he wielded influence at headquarters and repeatedly referred to the chief of department (Joseph Esposito) . . . as ‘my boy,’ ” the suit alleges.
Inserillo made an official departmental complaint after Margolis allegedly “suggestively ran his hands across her back,” claiming that he wanted to check if she was wearing a bulletproof vest.
Inserillo was sent for a psychological evaluation for anxiety, and a police shrink concluded she was drinking to deal with the stress and needed treatment. She refused to go to rehab and was suspended for 30 days. She faces a departmental hearing Monday for disobeying that order.
“She’s a great cop who has been terribly abused,” her lawyer said. “First, she was harassed at her precinct. When she complained, they called her an alcoholic and disciplined her.”
Inserillo claims in the suit that she was told by seven other female officers at the precinct, including a sergeant, that they had experienced similar behavior by Margolis.
Margolis was docked 10 vacation days and ordered to attend a “professionalism in the workplace” seminar, Inserillo’s lawyer said.
Margolis’ lawyer said the lieutenant steadfastly maintains he did not harass Inserillo.
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Source: The New York Daily News