The city has agreed to pay a nearly $1 million settlement to an NYPD cop who claimed other police officers sexually harassed her on the job, The Post has learned.
Officer Danielle Campo filed a federal lawsuit in 2019 alleging a fellow cop at the 100th Precinct in Rockaway, Queens, tried to sexually assault her, while another sexted her and both called her offensive names. She said higher-ups and her union did nothing to stop the harassment when she complained.
Now, the city has agreed to pay Campo $995,000 and one of the officers, Paul Marecki, will personally pay her $10,000, court papers show. The settlement must still be ordered by a judge.
Campo’s lawyer Rick Ostrove told The Post that while, “No amount of money can correct the wrongs done to my client. This is a step in the right direction.”
“This is a costly lesson for the city to learn,” the lawyer said Thursday. “Hopefully, the city will apply greater efforts to stop sexual harassment, especially in the traditionally male dominated field of law enforcement.”
In the suit, Campo, 41, alleged that fellow Officer Jon Mercado once groped her and demanded oral sex from her while they were in her car in January 2018.
She also claimed that Marecki allegedly repeatedly sexted her including saying “You know I’m a foot freak.”
Both men repeatedly called her offensive names like “whore” and “thunder c—t,” Campo claimed in the suit.
Higher-ups and her union refused to intervene, the lawsuit alleged.
When she complained about Marecki to her supervisor, he told her, “Oh man, he is creepy,” adding that the cop was “hiding in her backyard in trees,” the suit states.
Campo said she started loosing her hair and developed a full-body rash after allegedly being attacked by Mercado. Her doctors told her it was due to the stress and put her on anti-depressants, the suit said.
Campo remains out of work on disability “due to the emotional injuries she sustained,” Ostrove told The Post.
The defendants continue to deny Campo’s accusations, according to the settlement agreement papers.
The NYPD deferred comment to the Law Department, which said the settlement was in the best interest of all the parties.
Marecki’s lawyer didn’t return a request for comment Thursday.