A former Alexandria budget analyst testified yesterday that she felt like an "object" because of the way male colleagues treated her and was humiliated when they hung a poster-sized picture of her dancing with a friend on the wall of their office.

Elizabeth McKenna, 32, also told a federal jury that a sexual harassment complaint she filed with the city's Human Rights Office in September 1983 against three former top city officials, including former city manager Douglas Harman, was never investigated.

McKenna's testimony in many respects conflicted with that given by five former top city officials who are defendants in a lawsuit brought by her and another former city employee, Patricia Enneking, 34. The two have accused the male officials of conspiring to cover up a 1983 incident of sexual harassment, of tolerating sexual harassment at work and of violating their constitutional rights.

The City of Alexandria also is named as a defendant in the suit.

City Manager Vola Lawson supported some of the women's claims when she testified that the Human Rights Office, then headed by one of the defendants, Stephen Levinson, failed to process McKenna's sexual harassment complaint.

Lawson defended her handling of the matter when she reviewed it after becoming city manager in 1985.

"I would have handled this differently," said Lawson, who fired Levinson for sexual misconduct in 1986. "I think it's a mistake and a shame that it wasn't {processed properly} because we would not be here {in court} today."

Lawson also testified that notes of interviews with Harman and another defendant in the suit, former deputy city manager Bradford S. Hammer, were missing from the record of a separate administrative investigation of McKenna's complaint.

Attorneys for McKenna and Enneking have sought to show that the missing notes and warnings to the women from city officials not to discuss the harassment complaints point to a conspiracy on the part of the five defendants to keep quiet the allegations against Hammer and Harman, now city manager of Fort Worth.

Also named as defendants are former personnel director Robert Burnett and former planning director Engin Artemel.

Levinson and Burnett have testified that McKenna's original complaint did not charge Harman and Hammer with sexual harassment but only with failing to stop the harassment of another city official. The defendants' attorney suggested yesterday that McKenna was alleging harassment by Harman and Hammer in hindsight to support her lawsuit.

McKenna testified she was never refused a promotion or raise because she was a woman and that her poor performance on the job was a factor in her resignation in 1985.