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Sexual harassment lawsuit filed by former Pines police aide

A woman who worked for the Pines police department in Florida claims that her relationship with a co-workers had turned into a nightmare. The former police aide alleges that she was the victim of sexual harassment after she ended her relationship with an officer. She began working for the department in 2010 and entered into the relationship five months later. The relationship lasted less than two years.

After the two broke up, the plaintiff claims that the officer began to stalk her wherever she went. To try to get away from the officer, she allegedly moved several times, including back home with her mother in a private community. Apparently this did not stop the officer from stalking her because he used department resources to continue finding her. This included his following her to another state, where he had purportedly stalked her at her new residence and assaulted her.

All of the stalking and stress began to take its toll on the woman, and she reached out to her superiors for help. She was instructed not to report the incidents to internal affairs, and the captain told her to just live with the situation. The plaintiff was moved to another unit, but this did not stop the officer from continuing to harass her.

Desperate to get away from the officer, the plaintiff requested to have her shift changed so that she would not come in contact with him at all, but her shift allegedly remained the same. The sexual harassment continued, and the woman felt forced to resign. She is seeking an unspecified amount of monetary damages in a Florida federal court because the city refused to do anything about her situation.

Source: sun-sentinel.com, "Ex-Pines police aide files sex harassment lawsuit", Nov. 11, 2015

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