Police Expert to Testify in Fire Department Sexual Harassment Case

Police procedure expert Penny Harrington, who was Portland’s police chief for 18 months in the mid-1980s, will testify as an expert witness in a sexual harassment case involving a fire department. Four women have alleged that they were subjected to sexual comments from their supervisor. Harrington has reviewed depositions from the case and concluded the four women were treated differently because of their sex.

The defense has pointed out that Penny Harrington has never worked for a fire department and has never been called as an expert witness in a lawsuit involving a fire department, he said.

The case began on May 2, 2007 in Oregon’s Clark County Superior Court, and is expected to last five weeks.