Brendan Mannix, a gay, active San Francisco police officer, has filed suit against the SFPD, accusing some of its members of “sexual harassment, sexual discrimination based on his sexual orientation, and retaliating against a whistle-blower.”
The SF Chronicle reports: ‘Mannix said two sergeants at Central Station frequently made comments about his sexual orientation, including calling him a “queen,” “too dramatic” and insulting his masculinity, attorney Lawrence Organ wrote. When he tried to report the behavior, Mannix allegedly faced retaliation, and he said the department didn’t do anything to stop the harassment.’
The SFPD has not commented on the lawsuit.
The trouble began when Mannix was transferred to Central Station from Richmond Station and encountered what he termed an “old boys’ club” atmosphere where anyone not “straight, cisgender, white and male” was targeted for harassment.
The SF Chronicle adds that the complaint focuses on two officers: ‘One suggested Mannix was in a sexual relationship with the other gay officer at the station, and when Mannix did or said something the sergeant believed was stereotypically gay, he would say “ugh, you gays!” or “God, you gays!” [attorney L:awrence] Organ said. The sergeant, Organ said, would also mock Mannix’s hair style and physical appearance, making comments like, “Is that hair big enough?!” and “How much do you weigh? One hundred pounds soaking wet?” In one instance, when they discovered a dead body in the water at night, the sergeant told him, “don’t be such a queen,” when Mannix said he was cold, Organ said.’
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