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. A judge in Brooklyn will soon be the one to decide if these charges must proceed.
Based on the lawsuit Nancy Mozzachio filed on November 2 to CEO Schanzer, she says that she finds Schanzer always leering at women as well as making comments that are not appropriate to them while in the workplace. Schanzer is used to calling Nancy Mozzachio ‘babe’ as well as commenting about her breasts. One time when she brought to her desk a coffee cup from Dunkin Donuts, she was commented by him to be bringing some double Ds to work. Furthermore, Schanzer is also accused of giving groping hugs that are unwanted to the one filing the case.
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. By February 2016, she was terminated when she was found to have gone to the outside counsel of Cedar to discuss what procedures she must take for the sexual harassment lawsuit she is filing. According to her, the meeting was canceled and then she was then terminated on the coming week.
During the year 2015 when an external investigator decided to probe on the allegations, Cedar Realty then decided to start investigating on the matter. 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. Cedar Realty expectedly denied the charges and as per findings, the allegations were without merit.
Nancy H. Mozzachio is still coming back for more after this denial. Until this day, she will fight for what is right and in providing female employees a safer place to work in.