The city is paying $110,000 to a NYPD cop who claimed she was sexually harassed by her lieutenant, who must also fork over $2,500 as part of the settlement agreement, it was disclosed Wednesday.
Jazmia Inserillo alleged that Lt. Jason Margolis of the 103rd Precinct put the creepy moves on her, massaging her shoulders, making inappropriate inquiries about her personal life and bragging about his ties to police brass because he was then the president of the Shomrim Society of Jewish police officers.
Margolis allegedly invited his subordinate out to bars, parties and one time drove her to his residence saying that his wife was not home, according to the suit filed in Brooklyn Federal Court.
“He told (Inserillo) and other women in the command, ‘If you play the game, I’ll take care of you,'” the suit alleged.
When the cop rejected his advances, Margolis allegedly sniped about her choice of husband. “I can’t believe you married an Italian guy, he couldn’t at least be Jewish like me?” he reportedly said, according to court papers.
NYPD Lt. Jason Margolis was the officer Inserillo said harassed her. She’ll receive a $110,000 settlement from the city.
After Inserillo filed a complaint, she wasn’t protected, but was sent to a department shrink and for alcohol treatment, which she alleged was retaliation for calling out Margolis’ improper behavior.
Margolis was previously disciplined by the NYPD, docked 10 vacation days and ordered to attend a “professionalism in the workplace” seminar. The city Law Department did not represent him in the suit.
Lieutenant’s Benevolent Association lawyer James Moschella said, “Lt. Margolis has always adamantly denied any inappropriate behavior, and he stands by all of his actions. The allegations are false, period.”
Inserillo’s lawyer Rae Koshetz told the Daily News that her client was pleased with the settlement and looked forward to getting on her with her life.