Posted at 1:43 p.m., Friday, February 17, 2006
Officer sues HPD, city for sexual harassment
Advertiser StaffA veteran Honolulu Police Department officer has filed a federal lawsuit alleging the department retaliated against her for her complaints of sexual harassment by fellow officers.
The suit by Sheryl Sunia said the retaliation included false charges against her that she committed perjury in connection with a murder case. She said her badge, gun and police powers were taken away and she was transferred to the communications division.
The suit said the retaliation came after she complained that a mandatory monthly police meeting in 2004, a detective described how his genitals were fondled by a nurse during a medical procedure. Also, a lieutenant played a video of naked men sky diving as ranking officers laughed, the suit said.
The suit, against HPD and the city, said Sunia won numerous commendations and became the first female detective in the department's homicide unit 2001.
Officers Alan Rivers and Sharolyn Rodrigues-Wong also joined in the suit, alleging the department retaliated against them for complaining about sexual harassment in separate cases. The suit is against the department. It asks for an unspecified amount of money.
Michelle Yu, police spokeswoman, said the department does not have any comment on the suit at this time.