Three former detectives for the Nassau County Police Department’s 8th Precinct in Levittown have won a $1 million verdict for sexual harassment and discrimination.
Detectives Pamela Olsen, Deirdre Ketcham and Noreen Cribbin alleged that male officers received preferential treatment and disobeyed orders given by women. The lawsuit also described a hostile environment in which male officers made lewd and disparaging remarks about women, and posted pornography and graphic cartoons in the precinct house.
Olsen claimed that Detective Kenneth Catalani referred to her “shrunken ovaries” and told a co-worker, “You can’t trust anyone who bleeds every month and doesn’t die,” Newsday reported.
The department transferred eight officers out of the precinct in response to the women’s charges, but an internal affairs investigation failed to confirm the allegations, and no discipline resulted.
All three women have left the department.