Settlement pays gay ex-cop $415,000

August 5, 2009 7:04:01 AM PDT
A New Jersey city has agreed to pay a former police officer $415,000 to settle a lawsuit he filed claiming other officers harassed him because he is gay.

As part of the deal, Robert Colle has resigned from the Millville police force. He had been on leave since August 2007.

Colle sued in October 2007, claiming he was ridiculed by the man who was then chief and other officers because he's gay.

He said city officials ignored his harassment complaints.

He also said officers refused to back him up when he was dealing with a disorderly woman. According to his legal filings, the woman bit his finger to the bone.

Information from: The Press of Atlantic City,