The executive director of the Civilian Complaint Review Board has dropped her lawsuit against it’s former chair, her attorney said on Tuesday, less than two weeks after he resigned.
Mina Malik had filed the suit against Richard Emery for allegedly calling her misogynistic names.
“We thank Mayor de Blasio for taking swift and decisive action in responding to our concerns, and for accepting the resignation of Mr. Emery. As a result, we have decided to dismiss our case without prejudice,” Malik, and another co-worker, said in a statement. “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.”
Her attorney, Douglas Wigdor, the suit was dismissed without prejudice, meaning they can refile it if they choose.
“One of our main goals, or objectives, was to make sure my clients were being treated fairly and not being retaliated against,” he said. “Because of [Richard Emery’s] resignation we are hopeful there is a clear path to our clients being able to do their job, and to do the job they were asked to do without unlawful interference.”
Emery called the lawsuit “frivolous and a distraction” in a statement.
“It is not surprising that Mina Malik, the Executive Director, voluntarily dismissed it,” he said. “Now, hopefully, the agency can continue to focus on its mission of fairly and expeditiously adjudicating allegations of police misconduct, for the benefit of all New Yorkers, uniformed and civilians alike.”