Police officer wins $500,000 after female boss shoved his face under her blouse and pressed it on her chestBy Mason White 1:48 PM March 24, 2014
|Constable Pam Matranga|
By: Hydar Tomar
(Scroll down for video) While most men would not have turned down an offer to touch the chest of their female boss, one man was awarded a lot of money for doing so.
James Gist, 55, a former deputy police officer of Texas, claimed that he was sexually harassed by his boss.
Gist sued his boss, Constable Pam Matranga, after she sexually harassed him. The Galveston County jury deliberated for 5 hours before returning a unanimous verdict and awarded the former officer $567,000 in lost wages, damages and attorney’s fees.
Matranga, who has been in office for almost 10 years, was accused by Gist of numerous actions and sexually suggestive comments during her time as his boss.
In one case, Gist said that Matranga put her shirt over his head, forcing him onto her breasts. Gist also said that Matranga asked if she could perform oral sex on him, and once joked about performing at a nearby stripclub while simulating a lap dance.
Gist said that he never reciprocated her advances, and he planted a camera in his desk in an attempt to catch Matranga. However, she found the camera, deleted the video and notified the Galveston County District Attorney’s Office.
They began an investigation against him on charges of wiretapping. Subsequently, Gist said he was forced to quit. Matranga denied all the allegations.
“I never sexually harassed anyone. I would never hurt anyone intentionally, and I have never tampered with evidence in my nineteen years working for the county,” Matranga said.
Matranga said that Gist filed the lawsuit in revenge after she refused to promote him. She also claimed that Gist was angry after she refused to alter a “legal document as he requested.”
However, the jury believed his allegations and awarded him the $567,000. Gist now works at the Clear Lake Shores Police Department. Matranga lost her re-election for her position at the police department.