Cedar Realty CEO Faces Sexual Harassment Lawsuit
Former Cedar Realty Chief Operating Officer Nancy H. Mozzachio filed a pay discrimination and a sexual harassment lawsuit against the company’s CEO Bruce Schanzer. It is just waiting for a Brooklyn judge to be deciding if the lawsuit has more merit to proceed.
According to Nancy Mozzachio, based on the lawsuit she filed on November 2 regarding Schanzer, she claims that the CEO leered regularly at women working in the workplace and made comments that are uncalled for. Schanzer is used to calling Nancy Mozzachio ‘babe’ as well as commenting about her breasts. While holding a coffee cup from Dunkin Donuts, he said allegedly that she has double Ds today. Moreover, she says that Schanzer has been giving here some groping hugs that are just uncalled for.
After Nancy H. Mozzachio filed the lawsuit of pay disparity and sexual harassment, the company decided that it be best for her to be fired from work as well. Come February 2016 when she was done getting some outside help for the sexual harassment case she was filing against the Cedar’s CEO, she was then terminated for her job. According to her, the meeting was canceled and then she was then terminated on the coming week.
Allegations were then investigated by Cedar Realty after a 2015 external investigator probe. Even if these investigations were being done by the company, Nancy Mozzachio says that the investigator always stepped back when they were allegations of sexual harassment to Schanzer by the female employees. There is even one employee that went to the Wall Street Journal to tell them to report about her being asked by Schanzer what color her underwear is. In order for the investors not to know about this matter, the company has decided to pay the people who have filed some complaints against Schanzer about their being sexually harassed.
Nancy Mozzachio has basically become a success in this company. While she started off in the year 2003 as the director of leasing and in the year 2004 as the vice president of leasing, she then worked her way up until the year 2014 where she became the chief operating officer. Based on her lawsuit, she mentions that even if she is supposed to get higher compensation than the CFO as being the COO, she was being paid lower salary as well as a small bonus than the chief operating officer. Of course, for Cedar Realty, they are not true and are very much satisfied that after the board has done their investigations, the allegations were of no merit.
Even if this is the outcome, Nancy H. Mozzachio will still not back down. Until this day, she will fight for what is right and in providing female employees a safer place to work in.
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