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Women file suit against the city, police officials

By Maria Cramer

Globe Staff / November 23, 2008

Two Boston police officers have filed a lawsuit against the city and department officials, alleging they suffered harassment, retaliation, and discrimination because they are female and "perceived to be gay."

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Veteran Officers Laura Delaney and Paula Sutherland allege that colleagues used slurs against them on the street and in the roll call room and threatened them.
In a 17-page lawsuit filed in Suffolk Superior Court, the women allege that one uniformed officer from the motorcycle unit threatened them after they told him to move his vehicle. He allegedly said, "You ladies may have won this battle, but I'll get you."
When they complained to a captain, he responded, "Are you two on the same time of the month?" according to the suit.
The women, who worked as partners for three years, said that in September 2005, their captain told them that senior officials were upset with them after a confrontation they had with a Sharon police chief.
The women said they were told by a captain that senior officials did not like women riding together, and soon after, they were separated and sent to other districts.
The women complained to then-Commissioner Kathleen O'Toole, and soon after, Delaney said, she found a folded note on her doorstep that read, "Shut up take the transfer better than dead."
Sutherland recently returned to the department after being out for 2 1/2 years on injured leave. Delaney has been on injured leave since November 2005. Their lawyer, Barbara Macy, declined to comment.
City Attorney William Sinnott said officials were served a copy of the lawsuit on Wednesday.
"We've only just received the case, and we are reviewing it and studying it," he said. "We withhold any comment on it at this time."

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2008/11/23/two_officers_allege_bias_slurs/
 

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Something about this doesn't smell right, no pun intended.
 

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Sutherland recently returned to the department after being out for 2 1/2 years on injured leave. Delaney has been on injured leave since November 2005.
Enough said....

Unfortunately welfare often extends to police work.
 

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Enough said....

Unfortunately welfare often extends to police work.
what does that have to do with the allegations?
 

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Do you and your father speak...?
Yes? So care to explain the connection btw, one or both of them being on injured leave and whether or not the comments and such are true. It's not willful ignorance. just not seeing the connection. Are you suggesting there misrepresenting there reasons for being on injured leave and therefore are most likely lying about the allegations or...?
 

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They've both been out injured since at least 2006 and you don't get it?

Wow.

The women, who worked as partners for three years, said that in September 2005, their captain told them that senior officials were upset with them after a confrontation they had with a Sharon police chief.
The women said they were told by a captain that senior officials did not like women riding together, and soon after, they were separated and sent to other districts.

Sutherland recently returned to the department after being out for 2 1/2 years (2005) on injured leave. Delaney has been on injured leave since November 2005.
 

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I guess I don't really get why the two woman are even out for that long on injured leave.
 

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I guess I don't really get why the two woman are even out for that long on injured leave.
Oye. He bolded SEPTEMBER and NOVEMBER. November comes after September. September allegations are made ----> November they are "Injured" or whatever. Still don't see the connection?
 

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Two Boston police officers have filed a lawsuit against the city and department officials, alleging they suffered harassment, retaliation, and discrimination because they are female and "perceived to be gay."



is it really discrimination on being perceived gay if you are - didn't know you could sue for being called what you are
 

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You necroposting supertard. How do you dummies find this website, dig through pages of buried threads, find the one that hasn't been active in 2 years, and then post something COMPLETELY WORTHLESS?
Im serious. Please answer this for me. You took the time to register and create a username so you could add to this discussion. Sounds like you feel like these two are closeted carpet lickers, so who pray tell might you be?

I think I have an idea....
In a 17-page lawsuit filed in Suffolk Superior Court, the women allege that one uniformed officer from the motorcycle unit threatened them after they told him to move his vehicle. He allegedly said, "You ladies may have won this battle, but I'll get you."

Am I close?
 
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