Retired female cop sues NYPD in gender discrimination suit

A former NYPD detective says she misplaced as a lot as $360,000 in retirement advantages as a result of the power is a “good ole boys membership” that refused to advertise her, new court docket papers allege.

Stacy Bowen, 43, stepped down in July as a detective third grade after repeatedly being denied a promotion to second grade whereas seeing much less certified males get the job, in accordance with a Manhattan Supreme Courtroom lawsuit from Friday.

The New Jersey resident spent 15 years because the lowest grade detective within the Narcotics Borough Staten Island after first being promoted to the job in 2007, the submitting says.

In simply the final 4 years, Bowen noticed 5 males “with much less time on the job, within the rank of detective and fewer time within the Narcotics Borough be beneficial for promotions forward of [her],” the swimsuit claims.

“These promotions spotlight the nice ole boys membership that existed not solely all through the Staten Island Narcotics Borough [but] all through the complete NYPD,” the swimsuit fees.

The final time a girl within the Staten Island Narcotics Bureau was promoted to 2nd-grade detective was in 2014, the court docket papers declare.

Police respond to a crime scene.
All through the NYPD solely 10% of 2nd-grade detectives are girls.
Gregory P. Mango

All through the NYPD solely 10% of 2nd-grade detectives are girls and solely 7% of 1st-grade detectives are girls, the submitting alleges.

Bowen — who made a $153,434 wage in 2020, in accordance with SeeThroughNY — filed a proper gender discrimination grievance with the Workplace of Equal Employment and she or he additionally complained to her superiors however they “took no actions to repair the issue,” the swimsuit alleges.

In reality, a captain and inspector who had been in control of these promotions “did not observe inner coverage which mandates that they report [Bowen’s] grievance of discrimination,” the submitting alleges.

As an alternative, they “retaliated in opposition to [Bowen] by not as soon as submitting her for promotion regardless of her clear {qualifications} for the place,” the swimsuit claims.

Throughout her tenure as detective, Bowen carried out “705 arrests, seized 12 firearms and executed over 300 search warrants,” and she or he all the time acquired high-performance evaluations, the swimsuit says.

From 2019 onward, two lieutenants even lobbied for Bowen’s promotion however nonetheless, “the defendants didn’t suggest [her],” the submitting alleges.

If Bowen had been promoted she would have gotten a minimal of a $15,000 increase which might quantity to $7,500 to $10,000 extra per 12 months in retirement advantages – or roughly $270,000 to $360,000 extra all through her complete retirement, the court docket papers declare.

Attorney John Scola for NYPD Lieutenant Edwin Raymond speaks during presser in front of One Police Plaza in New York on March 23, 2021.
Lawyer John Scola is representing Bowen in her gender discrimination lawsuit.
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She is suing the town for unspecified damages for claims of gender discrimination.

“Discretionary promotions have all the time been an space the place discrimination has run rampant within the NYPD,” Bowen’s lawyer John Scola instructed The Submit. “Ladies, like Detective Bowen, with over 700 arrests in her profession, can’t even get on an inventory to get thought of for promotion whereas much less certified, however linked, males bounce the road to make grade.”

An NYPD spokesperson stated: “We’ll assessment the lawsuit if and after we are served.”

The town Regulation Division stated they’d assessment the case.

Further reporting by Amanda Woods

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