City workers filed 472 sexual harassment complaints last year

By Nolan Hicks and Rich Calder

City workers filed nearly 500 sexual harassment complaints last year — and just 8 percent were substantiated, new figures released by City Hall on Friday show.

Investigators only found “probable case” or “substantiated” 37 of 472 allegations of sexual misconduct that were reported between July 2017 and June 2018; while determining that 71 of the complaints lacked supporting evidence.

Only eight of those confirmed complaints resulted in a termination, retirement, demotion, transfer or suspension.

Councilman Mark Levine (D-Manhattan) said he was “troubled” by “such a low number of terminations and suspensions.”

“It’s an incredible tool to monitor the city’s progress in sexual harassment cases,” said Levine, who sponsored the bill that mandated City Hall release the data. “We’ve never had that kind of detailed information before.”

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