Washington, D.C., cops have filed separate lawsuits alleging
that senior officers disclosed their sexual
orientation to their coworkers without permission, the
Washington Blade reported Friday.
Faverio and Donald Marcus Phillips each state in their
lawsuits that internal affairs investigator Debbie Anne Burt
outed them in a widely circulated report in May.
Burt's report was
part of an investigation into sexual harassment claims
Faverio made against former sergeant Richard Moats in
November 2005, complaints that Phillips and two other
officers corroborated. Her report allegedly centered
on examining the sexual orientation of the
complainants rather than the sexual harassment charges.
lawsuit claims he admitted his orientation to Burt after she
promised him "information concerning his sexual orientation
would not leave the room." The tape was then
disseminated through the first district, where he was
assigned, and made its way to neighboring districts as
well. He later received a barrage of threatening and
homophobic phone calls at his residence, one of which came
from the administrative offices of the first district,
according to his caller ID. When Phillips applied for
medical leave due "the debilitating effects of
depression," his police powers were suspended and he was
relegated to clerical work.
similar to Phillips's, argues that the "defendants
knew or should have known that such disclosure of
plaintiff's sexual orientation would within the
culture and customs of the Metropolitan Police
Department cause harm to the plaintiff." Both suits allege
sexual orientation discrimination, retaliation, negligent
supervision, and invasion of privacy.
since been reinstated as an officer in the first district,
and Faverio has transferred to the narcotics and special
investigation unit. Both the police department and its
gay and lesbian liaison are refraining from commenting
on pending litigation. No trial dates have been set.