To the tune of
$1.5 million, a Manhattan, N.Y., jury ruled in
favor of a gay cop who claimed he was jettisoned from his
position in the youth-services sector, the New York
Post reported this weekend.
The verdict came
after James Hall, a two-star assistant chief and one of
the New York City Police Department's highest-ranking
members, rejected Sgt. Robert Sorrenti for the
position involved with the Police Athletic League,
DARE, and other programs geared toward young people.
youth-services commander, Capt. Lori Albunio, expected to
appoint Sorrenti to his coveted post due to his
exemplary record. However, Hall picked another
candidate because he thought Sorrenti was gay, the jury
The jury also
found that Hall retaliated against Albunio, stripping her
of her command without cause, and harassed her and the
unit's operations lieutenant, Tom Connors, until they
left the NYPD. Both Connors and Albunio, 18-year
veterans of the department with several commendations
between them, said they believed Hall was blatantly biased
and took revenge on them for supporting Sorrenti.
"To encounter a
man like this--it was incredible," Connors told
the Post. "And to see how the police department
protected and promoted him was devastating."
"Sorrenti was an
excellent candidate--professional, sincere,
honest," Albunio said. "He'd been with a precinct and
highway patrol. He was a veteran of Desert Storm. I
told Hall he was making a mistake."
and Sorrenti are due to get about $500,000 each. The city
is appealing. (The Advocate)
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