Ex-Miami Beach police officer sues department over sexual harassment allegations
MIAMI BEACH, Florida. – Jessica Salabarria Guasto was a police officer in Miami Beach for 10 years.
She says that from the start of her career, she was sexually harassed. Now she has filed a federal lawsuit against the Miami Beach Police Department.
“I have to fight for the right thing and that’s why I’m going to keep fighting,” Guasto said. “I noticed there was a toxic culture there and it was allowed. They targeted women.
She said she was harassed by another officer and at one point showed pornographic films in her supervisor’s office. This led her to file equal employment opportunity complaints in 2018, 2020 and 2021.
“It’s a serious problem,” Guasto said. “I know there are a lot of women who don’t want to come forward because they’re afraid of retaliation.”
In 2020, Guasto got in trouble for driving his patrol car out of city jurisdiction. City sources said she was at her apartment complex when she was supposed to be working.
“I knew they were going to do whatever they had to do to get me fired,” Guasto said.
She signed a settlement agreement where she paid back more than $3,000 to the city and dropped the equal employment opportunity lawsuit. She says what she did is not a dismissable act.
“All I ever wanted was a fair chance to be a police officer,” Guasto said.
She said that after this incident, she was forced into midnight, where one night her supervisor was a man who allegedly sexually harassed her in the past.
City sources said Guasto’s lawsuit was frivolous.
“They say that to every victim,” was his reply.
Those same sources said Guasto had consensual sex with the officer she accuses of sexual harassment.
“I didn’t,” she said boldly. “It’s a lie. They will do anything to discredit the victims.
Guasto was hacked by this officer for, among other things, dereliction of duty and not listening to police radios.
She says that’s also a lie, though city sources say she’s the one not telling the truth.
The city implemented his resignation letter.
Guasto had dreamed of being a police officer since she was a child, and all she wants is to get her job back.
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