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Ithaca police officer’s discrimination lawsuit continues into third year

A lawsuit filed by an openly gay Ithaca police officer against the city for millions of dollars in damages for alleged discrimination is proceeding while the officer is currently suspended from her job.

Sarah Crews sued the city on Feb. 23, 2017, when she filed a complaint stating she told her superiors she was worried about female prisoners making false sexual abuse allegations against physical searches she conducted.

In addition to being gay, Crews also identifies as gender non-conforming. Crews told her superiors that she felt that having her conducting certain searches were wrong from a sexual orientation standpoint, and that she was in the same position as her heterosexual male coworkers. The lawsuit alleges some of her supervisors filed notices of insubordination and Crews’ coworkers retaliated against her.

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