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Lesbian Police Officer Gets Settlement in Harassment Case

Former New York City Police Department (NYPD) Officer Elizabeth Bryant received $20,000 in a settlement with the City after testifying that she was discriminated against for being a lesbian. The case was settled out of court in September, but the settlement agreement was kept secret until a federal judge ordered that the records be made public. Judge Lewis A. Kaplan who originally heard the case, criticized the NYPD for their alleged lax investigation into the case. Bryant said the complaints she filed with the NYPD’s Office of Equal Employment Opportunity were not properly investigated; she accused other officers and her supervisors of harassing her after she and another officer, Marilyn Trapanotto, exchanged vows in Central Park in 1997. Mary Jo White, US Attorney General for the Southern District of New York, had been monitoring the case, in accordance with a 1998 agreement that the NYPD improve its system for investigating harassment complaints.

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New York Times - October 13, 2000 and Feminist Majority Foundation US Daily News _September 29, 2000