NYPD captain to file sexual harassment lawsuit

NEW YORK — A narcotics captain of the NYPD plans to file a lawsuit against the department, claiming that another captain repeatedly harassed her with questions about her sex life — and that she was targeted with an Internal Affairs probe after complaining about him.

Sharon Carolyn Balli, the first female Indian-Guyanese ever made captain and a retired Army major, filed her notice of claim with the NYC’s Comptroller’s Office on Thursday seeking $5 million, the notice reads.

“I’m not an average female,” Balli told the New York Post.

“And yet this is extremely disrespectful on so many different levels and it’s quite scary.”

Her workplace was a “boy’s club,” she alleged. “I’ve been living six months of hell.”

Balli, who is assigned to Manhattan South Narcotics, had complained about a fellow captain after he allegedly repeatedly asked about her sex life, the notice reads.

“While reviewing narcotics operation protocols, he has blatantly asked about Claimant’s and her husband’s sex life,” according to the notice.

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Sharon Carolyn Balli (Photo source: Law Office of John A. Scola via New York Post)

“Do you have great sex?” and “You need to have more sex,” she recalled him saying, according to the notice.

She also claims in the notice that the captain tried to get into their shared executive bathroom on “several occasion[sic] from December 2019 to June 2020 while [she was] taking a shower.”

In addition, he allegedly tried multiple times to catch Balli undressing by using a spare key to get into her locked office, according to the paperwork.

She also alleges that another colleague made lewd comments, but when she reported the allegations, a deputy inspector reportedly told her that she had to “deal with it” and “I am telling you to stand down and shut the f–k down,” the New York Post reported.

Balli then filed a complaint with the Employment Opportunity Commission, which she says only further created a “toxic hostile work environment.”

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Sharon Carolyn Balli (Photo source: Law Office of John A. Scola via New York Post)

Now, she says that she is the subject of an Internal Affairs probe after setting up a camera in her office to see if her two colleagues went in there while she was away.

Bali’s claim says she was unable to recover the camera footage because the captain identified in her complaint allegedly found it.

According to the notice, she believed someone had popped the tires on her bike and had been adding something to her coffee to make her sick.

“We will review the lawsuit when we are served,” a spokeswoman for the NYPD said.


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