The former COO of a real estate investment trust is alleging sexual harassment, wage discrimination, and retaliation in a lawsuit she filed against her former employer's CEO.
The plaintiff accuses the CEO of repeated sexual harassment over several years, including suggestive looks, offensive comments, and one incident in which the CEO "attempted to kiss" her. The lawsuit alleges the CEO terminated her because she complained about the harassment and about "disparate treatment based on her sex in terms of salary and bonus."
Court documents also refer to past reports of sexual harassment by the CEO, which were quietly settled with payments to the accusing women, utilizing the organization's payroll system.
The employer released a statement denying the charges and confirming its commitment to promoting an equitable and diverse workplace where discrimination and harassment are not tolerated. The plaintiff seeks lost wages and compensatory damages. Victor Ocasio "Former COO at Cedar Realty Trust sues CEO," www.newsday.com (Nov. 7, 2017).