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N.Y. Corrections Veteran Awarded $150,000 For Retaliation

New York State guard Patricia Luca brought 42 U.S.C. § 1983 action against Nassau County, it's police and sheriff's departments, Civil Service Commission and various individuals. She alleged gender discrimination and retaliation for having filed a sexual harassment complaint. Luca was awarded $150,000.

Luca, a 38 year old 12 year corrections veteran, alleged waiting to become a police officer for 10 years after passing the Civil Service exam in 1994. She alleged that after filing a sexual harassment, gender and retaliation claim against the Nassau County Sheriff's Department, the investigator assigned to the case began harassing her. Luca alleged that she was put on a "non select" list preventing any police agency from hiring her. She alleged harassment and retaliation by various other officers as well, resulting in several years loss of income and benefits and that she has and presently experiences distress, humiliation, embarrassment and reputation damage.

Luca brought a § 1983 action for Fourteenth Amendment Civil Rights violations, municipal violations and breach of contract for the defendants’ not complying with the agreement in her earlier complaint's resolution terms. Luca sought over $5 million in compensatory and punitive damages, requested injunctive and declaratory relief and the award of court fees and costs and demanded a jury trial in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York (Case No. 1:04 cv 04898 FB AKT).

The jury reportedly awarded Luca $150,000 and back-pay. Post trial motions were still pending. Source: Newsday, "Officer Awarded $150G In Retaliation Lawsuit," Oct. 22, 2007 (and the actual complaint filed by Luca).

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