Some Information on the Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Faced by Cedar Realty’s CEO
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.
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. Aside from calling Nancy Mozzachio ‘babe’, Schanzer also commented about her breast. 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.
According to Nancy H. Mozzachio, when she files a pay disparity and sexual harassment lawsuit, she was fired by the company as a result. 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. Come the following week where her meeting was canceled, she was then terminated.
By a 2015 external investigator probe, Cedar Realty decided to investigate these allegations. Despite the presence of an investigator by the company, Nancy Mozzachio makes mention that if it will be about Schanzer and the sexual harassment allegations made by the female employees of the company, the investigator ignores them. One of the reports of the Wall Street Journal has even gotten some claim from one female employee who has been 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 found some success in the company. In 2003, she became the director of leasing and then was promoted vice president by 2004, while in the year 2014, she then became the chief operating officer. According to what she is filing, she complains that she is only getting smaller bonuses as well as lower salaries being the chief operating officer compared to the chief financial officer when in fact she must get them in higher amount. Cedar Realty has made it clear that they are not guilty of these charges and after thorough investigation by the board, findings have shown that the allegations are just of no merit.
Even if this is the outcome, Nancy H. Mozzachio will still not back down. She still strives to ensure that female workers are treated the same as male workers in the workplace and will be safe at all cost.