NCCU Female Officer Wins Harassment Ruling

Federal investigators say a female campus police officer faced retaliation and a hostile work environment after she complained to N.C. Central administrators about sexual harassment.

Cinnamon Forrest worked for the campus police for only about eight months in 2005. But she spent nearly two years trying to convince University Administrators and others that a male co-worker subjected her to unwanted touching and sexual remarks.

She said top administrators kept bouncing her complaints back to the campus police, where her superiors began to retaliate until the stress forced her to quit.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has substantiated Forrest's claims, saying the University and its police department, "failed to exercise reasonable care to prevent and correct promptly the sexual harassing behavior."

The ruling opens the door for Forrest to sue the department. She said she has already rejected a settlement offer. University officials haven't commented yet on the findings.