Border patrol officer suing for sexual harrasment wants jury trial
A complaint was filed by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer against the federal agency.
Plaintiff Reynald LaPuebla is taking action against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
La Puebla filed a complaint for monetary and injunctive relief in district court back in May seeking $300,000 in damages for being sexually harassed from a hostile work environment.
According to court documents, on April 4, 2016, LaPuebla attended an intermediate use of force training. Also present were 10 officers participating in the exercise this included CBP officer Christopher Quenga and CBP officer Mark Lope.
LaPuebla and Lope partnered up for the man to man ground self-defense tactic. Quenga took photos of the exercise and posted two of the captures on a facebook group page. Court documents state that the photos posted looked as if La Puebla was "sodomizing" Lope and that sexually charged comments were posted on the social media upload. La Puebla filed a gender discrimination/sexual harassment complaint after the incident.
Court documents also state that Quenga was issued a letter of reprimand however a settlement was never reached.
This month, the defendant, acting secretary Kevin McAleenan for U.S DHS and CBP answers to the complaint by denying the allegations and that they acted in accordance with the laws and regulations to address the issue.
LaPuebla has demanded for a jury trial. The case will be heard on Oct. 24.