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Tequesta dispatcher files lawsuit accusing former police chief Pete Pitocchelli of sexual harassment

Tara Luscavich, a dispatcher for the Florida town of Tequesta, has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit the town.

Lusavich claims that former Tequesta Police Chief Pete Pitocchelli subjected her to a sexually hostile work environment.

Lusavich alleges that at a party in March 2011, Pitocchelli made several unwanted sexual advances toward her.

In one incident at the party, he allegedly reached inside Lusavich’s shirt and grabbed her breast in front of many town employees who were at the party.

According to the complaint, later that night, Pitocchelli “grabbed Plaintiff’s hand and put it on his crotch demonstrating that he had an erection and said ‘this is what you do to me.'”

Lusavich claims that Pitocchelli retaliated against her for rejecting his sexual advances by denying her opportunities for employment advancement after he became chief of police in July 2011.

Pitocchelli resigned as Tequesta police chief in December 2012.

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4 Responses to “Tequesta dispatcher files lawsuit accusing former police chief Pete Pitocchelli of sexual harassment”

  1. AJ says:

    Palm Beach County jury awards that Tequesta dispatcher $400K for harassment by former police chief

  2. AJ says:

    A Tequesta police dispatcher on Thursday was awarded $401,500 by a Palm Beach County jury that believed she was harassed and then retaliated against by a former police chief.

    The jury awarded roughly four times as …

    http://postoncourts.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2016/04/21/pbc-jury-awards-tequesta-dispatcher-400k-for-harassment-by-former-police-chief/

  3. AJ says:

    A Tequesta police dispatcher was awarded $401,500 by a Palm Beach County jury that believed she was harassed and then retaliated against by the Village Of Tequesta’s former Police Chief Gerald “Pete” Pitocchelli.

    The jury awarded roughly four times as much as Tara Luscavich’s attorney said she deserved for her treatment by former police Chief Pete Pitocchelli, a longtime Delray Beach cop.

    “Outrage,” attorney Isidro Garcia said of the reasons the jury awarded his client so much more than he the $105,000 he suggested.

    During the seven-day trial, Luscavich claimed that after she rebuffed Pitocchelli’s advances at a March 2011 party at a fellow officer’s house, he blocked her efforts to be promoted. Former Police Chief Gerald “Pete” Pitocchelli resigned in 2012 after spending a year as chief but was rehired as a lieutenant, Garcia said. He resigned again in 2014.

    Jeffery Hochman, who represented the town, wasn’t immediately available for comment about whether he planned to appeal.

  4. Tom says:

    That Village Of Tequesta Police dispatcher won a jury trial in Palm Beach County Court. The Jury was so outraged as to how she was treated they awarded her almost four times more money than what her attorneys were asking.

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