OAKLAND (CBS/AP) – A former Oakland Raiders cheerleader who became a Vacaville police officer is suing the city, saying she was sexually harassed by fellow officers.

Thirty-five-year-old Nicole Rosenstiel said officers joked about her looks and made snide comments about the fact that she used to be a cheerleader.

A sergeant allegedly asked during a shift change for a show of hands from officers who wanted to see Rosenstiel naked.

The lawsuit was filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Sacramento.

Vacaville city spokesman Mark Mazzaferro said the complaint is without merit, and the city intends to fight it in court.

Rosenstiel, who is being represented by Oakland civil rights lawyer John Burris, has been on unpaid leave since 2009. Her lawsuit seeks $1.5 million in damages.

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  1. RealityCheck says:

    Sounds like a case of he said, she said. Also, if she has been on UNPAID leave since 2009 that is definitely not good. Police departments rarely put officers on unpaid leave unless they are in the process of firing them, even a lot of those are on paid leave.

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