Cicero cop sues for sex­ual ha­rass­ment

SHE CLAIMS DE­MO­TION Suit names po­lice chief, town pres­i­dent

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A Cicero Po­lice of­fi­cer says she has been sub­jected to sex­ual ha­rass­ment and un­wanted sex­ual ad­vances from her su­per­vi­sor, as well as Town Pres­i­dent Larry Do­minick, for the past two years.

Af­ter com­plain­ing of a hos­tile work en­vi­ron­ment, Janidet Lu­jano claims she was de­moted.

Ac­cord­ing to a law­suit filed in fed­eral court Mon­day against the town of Cicero, Do­minick, Cicero Po­lice Chief An­thony Iniquez and Aux­il­iary Po­lice Chief Moises Zayas, Lu­jano has “on a con­tin­u­ing and on­go­ing ba­sis since 2005 . . . been sub­jected to re­peated and per­va­sive sex­ual ha­rass­ment, dis­crim­i­na­tion and re­tal­i­a­tion.”

In ad­di­tion, the suit al­leges, “be­cause she re­fused to suc­cumb to Do­minick’s and Zayas’s sex­ual ad­vances, and in re­tal­i­a­tion for her po­lit­i­cal af­fil­i­a­tion and re­fusal to at­tend precinct cap­tain meet­ings, Lu­jano was de­moted from the rank of sergeant to aux­il­iary po­lice of­fi­cer.”

“The al­le­ga­tions are ridicu­lous,” said Cicero Town spokesman Dan Proft, who ar­gued Lu­jano had been an aux­il­iary po­lice sergeant. “This is to­tally with­out merit.

“Larry Do­minick doesn’t speak to women like this,” Proft said Mon­day night. “Miss Lu­jano wanted to be made a full-time po­lice of­fi­cer. This just shows the length of what peo­ple will go to when they don’t get what they want.”

Com­ments about breasts

Lu­jano joined the Cicero Po­lice force in 1999 and was ter­mi­nated in Jan­uary 2004 “due to po­lit­i­cal rea­sons un­der the [then] ex­ist­ing ad­min­is­tra­tion,” the suit claims.

Do­minick was elected town pres­i­dent in May 2005 and Lu­jano was rehired by the town a month later as an aux­il­iary po­lice of­fi­cer. From there, she was pro­moted to sergeant.

Much of the al­leged ha­rass­ment de­tailed in the suit cen­ters around Lu­jano’s phys­i­cal ap­pear­ance.

Ac­cord­ing to the suit, Zayas “sub­jected [her] to such of­fen­sive, un­wel­come, and phys­i­cally and sex­u­ally abu­sive be­hav­ior, in­clud­ing, but not lim­ited to . . . un­wanted sex­ual com­ments, such as say­ing to her: ‘You've got big t--s ...’”

The suit al­leges that “from June 2005 through late 2006, Do­minick con­stantly made com­ments to Lu­jano and oth­ers that were sex­u­ally of­fen­sive about Lu­jano, in­clud­ing about the size of her breasts . . . among other sex­u­ally of­fen­sive com­ments.”

In one in­stance, the suit claims Do­minick propo­si­tioned Lu­jano while they were at the Hawthorne Race Course in Cicero in June 2006. Do­minick “whis­pered into Lu­jano’s ear that he wanted to have a three­some with her and an- other wo­man he had seen at Hawthorne on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions,” ac­cord­ing to the suit.

It also al­leges that “on one oc­ca­sion, Do­minick told Lu­jano that he was watch­ing her through his video cam­era in his of­fice and com­mented about how big her breasts looked in her vest. Lu­jano com­plained. In re­sponse, Do­minick started to laugh and said he should not have said that, but then said ‘those things are huge.’ ”

On Aug. 31, 2006, the suit claims “Do­minick told her he wanted to take her to the Sy­baris [a ‘ro­man­tic get­away’ ho­tel] and if not her, then her mother.”

Lu­jano was de­moted from sergeant to aux­il­iary po­lice of­fi­cer in Jan­uary 2007, ac­cord­ing to the suit.

She wrote to Iniquez to ques­tion the de­mo­tion and com­plain about the sex­ual ha­rass­ment from Zayas and Do­minick, but she re­ceived no re­sponse, the suit charges.

Ef­forts to reach Iniquez and Zayas for com­ment were un­suc­cess­ful.

The suit seeks un­spec­i­fied dam­ages.

Sun-Times News Group


Cicero Town Pres­i­dent Larry Do­minick, be­ing sworn in in this 2005 photo, is ac­cused of mak­ing sex­u­ally of­fen­sive re­marks to a po­lice of­fi­cer.

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