MIAMI (CBS4) – The former head of Miami-Dade Schools Police is facing allegations of sexual harassment from two women under his command.
The women, Schools Police Commander Deanna Fox-Williams and Officer Yewande Gibson, filed a lawsuit against Miami-Dade County Schools, Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, Miami-Dade Schools Police and Chief Charles Hurley Tuesday alleging numerous instances of sexual harassment in the workplace.
Both women allege that Hurley repeatedly made sexual advances toward them on separate occasions and created an extremely hostile working environment.
Hurley was reassigned by the school district in May amid an investigation. The nature of that investigation was not known at the time, but it is believed to be related to the sexual harassment claims.
Major Gerald Kitchell was designated as Acting Chief of Miami-Dade Schools Police Department and District Security.
“The school district took immediate, swift action after being notified of the allegation about the employee,” Miami-Dade Schools spokesperson John Schuster said in a statement sent to CBS4 Tuesday. “An investigation was launched and the employee was reassigned immediately. The district does not comment on pending litigation.”