Kreuzer v. City of Houston

As the first female officer assigned to the Houston Police Department’s elite Motorcycle Unit, Beth Kreuzer had to prove herself worthy of being a member of the group over and over again.

She met that challenge.

But a sergeant’s persistent harassment, in which he grabbed her, toyed with her hair, and demeaned her in the eyes of her peers was not supposed to be part of the job. When another officer reported that misconduct, she told the truth. Fortunately, so did many of her male peers, who had learned to respect her as a fine police officer.

A jury found that the harassment was unlawful and that the City of Houston had retaliated against Kreuzer to punish her for telling the truth.

The jury verdict was upheld on appeal.

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