A former West Jordan police officer has filed a $1 million lawsuit in federal court against the city and several members of its police force alleging the city retaliated against him after he filed a labor and sexual-harassment complaint.
Aaron D. Jensen went to work for the West Jordan Police Department in 1996 and alleges that within a year an associate subjected him to a hostile work environment that included crude jokes and comments that he was gay, which eventually led others in the department to engage in similar behavior. Jensen attempted to notify superiors about the harassment, "even to the point of standing and yelling in a staff meeting in early 2001 that such behavior was inappropriate and he was tired of it."
In the complaint filed in U.S. District Court, Jensen alleges the abuse continued even after he married in 2003. He alleges that notes and messages were left for him saying, "you're gay" and that one officer on several occasions showed him pornographic material seized as evidence during crime investigations and subjected him to verbal abuse.