Women Drop Lawsuit Against Resigned Boss of Police Watchdog Agency

The executive who sued the recently resigned chairman of New York City's police watchdog agency for allegedly using a gender-based slur against her and retaliating against her at work has dropped her lawsuit against him.

Mina Malik, the executive director of the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board, sued then-chairman Richard Emery two weeks ago, alleging he said of Malik and another female employee during an argument, "I don't know why everyone is acting like a bunch of p------."

The attorney for the women said Emery also retaliated against his clients by "undermining their credibility, taking away different job opportunities and the like."

Emery resigned a day after he was sued.

On Tuesday, Malik and her colleague announced they were dropping their lawsuit against him. 

"We appreciate the Mayor for allowing us to do our jobs, and for respecting our decision to stand up for our rights and the rights of all women to be free from discrimination and retaliation in the workplace," their statement read. 

Their lawyer, Douglas H. Wigdor, added, "We hope that the filing of this lawsuit sends a powerful message to all of those who silently suffer at the hands of discriminatory and retaliatory employers that the legal system can create positive change."

Emery responded in a statement, saying the the suit was "frivolous and a distraction from the important work of the Civilian Complaint Review Board." 

He said he hoped the agency could now continue to focus on its mission, then added, "Personally, having resigned as chair, I am happy, once again to be focused on my private law practice, where I will continue my life’s work of vigorously representing clients and fighting for the rights of all." 

The CCRB investigates claims of misconduct by police, but the NYPD has the final say on whether discipline is imposed.

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