GW settles former UPD officer gender harassment lawsuit

A former officer in the University Police Department settled her harassment complaint against the department this month.

Linda Queen, who left UPD in March 2014, filed a gender discrimination suit against GW last year. She settled the case with the University earlier this month.

Her lawyer, Ari Wilkenfeld, filed the voluntary dismissal in the U.S. District Court April 13.

University spokeswoman Maralee Csellar declined to comment the dismissal, citing University policy not to comment on “matters subject to litigation.”

Wilkenfeld declined to give details on the settlement because he said the agreement was confidential. Queen did not respond to a request for comment.

“The parties reached an out of court settlement,” Wilkenfeld said. “Ms. Queen is very happy with it.”

Queen filed the lawsuit alleging that her former UPD supervisors, Christopher Brown and Warren Gibbs, sexually harassed her. She said the officers would ask her on dates, embrace her and swing her around, according to the complaint.

The complaint alleged that the University did not intervene with her supervisors, despite complaints she made to GW’s human resources office. Queen also filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Queen’s suit is one of six discrimination lawsuits filed against the University since 2010. The other lawsuits range from racial discrimination to age discrimination. Last month a former security officer, Bernard Nono, filed a racial discrimination case against GW for not rehiring him after he was arrested and charged with driving under the influence.

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