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NJ State Trooper Claims Antigay Bias

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A New Jersey state police sergeant suspended over charges that she sexually harassed a female subordinate claims that lesbian troopers suffer unfair treatment.

Sgt. Christine Shallcross, a 14-year veteran, was suspended December 31 because of a lawsuit alleging that she sexually harassed trooper Alexis Hayes during and after training, according to the Star-Ledger.

Hayes claims that Shallcross whispered in her ear and kissed her on the cheek. She also alleges that a male subordinate assaulted and impregnated her, prompting her to seek an abortion.

Shallcross argues that the lawsuit against her represents an institutional bias against lesbians on the state police force, the Star-Ledger reported.

"A lawyer for Shallcross told the Associated Press that he believes her suspension was the result of an 'organized attack on the gay female trooper community' by other troopers who are envious that they have not been promoted," the Star-Ledger reported.

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