If the roles had been reversed, the Wayne County Sheriff's Office might have reacted differently. But Philip Kozlowski says it outright ignored his claims that a female superior sexually harassed him over the course of a year. In a lawsuit filed in Detroit, Kozlowski, 53, says his boss offered him oral sex, suggested she should have a threesome with Kozlowski and his wife, locked herself in an office with Kozlowski and turned out the lights, gave officers fake assignments so she could be alone with Kozlowski, and often drove past his house and called his personal cell phone over a year beginning in November 2014. He also alleged that she made comments like "We can break my new mattress in," and "Your wife is a hoe [sic] from the ghetto."
"He went to his supervisors, but they laughed it off," his lawyer tells the Detroit Free Press.
After Kozlowski filed a written complaint in October 2015, the woman then claimed she was sexually assaulted by Kozlowski, who was demoted but never charged, per the suit. Kozlowski, who sued the Wayne County Sheriff's Department on Nov. 28 with backing from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, not only accuses the sheriff's office of sexual harassment, but also gender discrimination and retaliation related to his complaint. The Free Press notes that per EEOC data, 17% of all sexual harassment complaints filed in 2015 were filed by men. (Read more sexual harassment stories.)