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Report: East Haven Police Officer Files Gender Discrimination Suit

News of the new complaint — filed by veteran officer Danielle Germe — comes the same week a jury awarded $12.2 million to the plaintiff in an East Haven Police misconduct case.

East Haven Police Department cruiser. Credit: Julie Weisberg
East Haven Police Department cruiser. Credit: Julie Weisberg
It has been another busy week in the local news headlines for the East Haven Police Department.

First, veteran East Haven Police officer Danielle Germe filed a lawsuit alleging she has faced sexual discrimination as a female member of the department, according to a New Haven Register report.

In the complaint, the detective says she was treated differently by her superiors — including Police Chief Brent Larrabee — because she is a woman.

The report on Germe's lawsuit was followed by the news on Wednesday that a jury had awarded $12.2 million to a West Haven man who had accused the East Haven Police of misconduct during an incident that led to his injury in 2006.

In his case, the jury ruled in favor of Thomas Ventura, who had alleged that East Haven officers responded to the call of a suspected impaired driver by taking the man home without arrest or impounding his vehicle. 

The man then reportedly returned to his vehicle and drove away, striking Ventura, who was a pedestrian at the time, resulting in traumatic brain injury and fractures, according to a WTNH report.
Lance Coughlin December 12, 2013 at 08:35 AM
All of this could have been avoided had the town not brought in the carpet bagger gallo in the late 90s. Quite a legacy that unscrupulous, unethical, pompous, arrogant hack left for the taxpayers to deal with.
joseph esposito December 12, 2013 at 10:37 AM
All of this could have been avoided if police stood up to feminists and refuse to hire wo=MEN! fe=MALES, are quite simply NOT QUALIFIED in police jobs! They should not be hired in the first place! Doesn't matter if it's Danica Patrick becoming a showgirl, or the girl who tried to be a kicker on the NFL team, who ended up on a reality show! Whenever wo=MEN take MENS jobs, they end up using sex as a crutch because they're not really qualified! I always thought it was an outrage, that this girl joined the police, and within 2 years she's already a detective? She complains she was given most of the sexual assault cases? What else can broad cops do? By the way, most of those cases turn out to be LIES!
Jamie December 12, 2013 at 02:18 PM
Joseph Esposito...I hope for their sake, you don't have daughters.
Mike Liso December 12, 2013 at 03:37 PM
J.esposito, what side of your body are you talking out of? You have no idea of what has transpired. This person was well qualified to fill the position and was promoted to fill the position based on her qualifications. But then again, you seem to be a typical non entity to society.
Devin Kacey December 12, 2013 at 04:21 PM
Great posts "Jaime" and "Mike Liso"
joseph esposito December 12, 2013 at 10:01 PM
Only a FOOL, would consider ANY fe=MALE, qualified in a police job. It's all tokenism.
Cindy A. December 19, 2013 at 06:57 PM
I say GO DANIELLE!! You are well qualified and should not have to put up with any crap. Women can be ANYTHING they want to be. Anyone who believes otherwise needs to step out of the caveman age and get a reality check. Officer Germe, I'm rooting for you!
Robert D. Hoff December 19, 2013 at 09:01 PM
I agree with Cindy A. I am supporting Danielle.
Kristy Turcio Porter December 20, 2013 at 06:19 AM
Joseph Esposito seems to have some deep rooted issues against women. Danielle has proven herself to be a fine detective and deserves to be treated fairly like everyone else, regardless of gender.
joseph esposito December 20, 2013 at 10:46 AM
All of this could have been avoided if police stood up to feminists, and refused to hire wo=MEN! fe=MALES, are quite simply NOT QUALIFIED in police jobs! They should not be hired in the first place! Doesn't matter if it's Danica Patrick becoming a show girl,or the girl who tried to be a kicker on the NFL team, who ended up on a reality show! Whenever wo=MEN take MENS jobs, they end up using sex as a crutch because they're not really qualified! I always thought it was an outrage, that this girl joined the police, and within a couple of years is already a detective? She complains that she was given most of the sexual assault cases? What else can broad cops do? By the way, most of those cases turn out to be LIES or exaggerations! Thank GOD most wo=MEN cops are attractive?NOT!!!!!!
Robert D. Hoff December 20, 2013 at 01:12 PM
Joseph, Your remarks are offensive and way out of bounds. Do you realize the considerable contributions that are made by women? If as you proposed the police did not hire women officers based on sex alone that would truly be sexual discrimination and would be the communities loss. Sexual gender should never play a roll in the hiring or firing of any candidate for any position. You sir are entitled to your neanderthal way of thinking and your outdated opinions but just remember if it were not for a woman you would not be sitting there clicking away on your keyboard today.
Truthful December 20, 2013 at 02:15 PM
http://foxct.com/2013/08/20/town-council-candidates-sexual-comments-questioned/
Robert D. Hoff December 20, 2013 at 03:48 PM
Truthful, And your point?
Robert D. Hoff December 20, 2013 at 04:09 PM
Truthful November 07, 2013 at 07:27 AM " I was a part of the Depalma Primary Campaign"
Truthful December 20, 2013 at 05:30 PM
http://foxct.com/2013/08/20/town-council-candidates-sexual-comments-questioned/
Robert D. Hoff December 20, 2013 at 07:06 PM
Your point?

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