Cooperman Comments on Howard County Sexual Harassment Case

Cooperman Comments on Howard County Sexual Harassment Case

"Officer's Suit Alleges Sexual Harassment by County Police", The Baltimore Sun

December 26, 2004

Harriet E. Cooperman, Partner and Chair of Saul Ewing’s Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Practice Group, who is resident in the Baltimore office, was interviewed by The Baltimore Sun about representing two police officers in Howard County against a sexual harassment suit.

The two officers, Sgt. Paul Steppe and Officer Perry Sauers, along with Howard County Police Chief Wayne Livesay, are being charged with sexual harassment by female officer Susan Ensko. Ms. Ensko claims that a male-dominated locker room culture is tolerated by county police, replete with pornography on work computers, and sexual insults. She is seeking $500,000 in damages and an injunction to halt the behavior. Both parties remain on active duty.

"I don't think she has a claim against my two clients. Her suit is vague, ambiguous. My clients deny all allegations. I think it should be thrown out," Ms. Cooperman said.