Former New York State Supreme Court Justice Matthew Rosenbaum is indicted by his secretary for sexual harassment
Former New York Supreme Court judge Matthew Rosenbaum (above) is indicted by his former secretary for sexual harassment and rape
A former New York State Supreme Court judge is being sued by his ex-secretary after he allegedly “forced” her to have sex with him, threatening that she would lose her job and custody of her son if she did not keep the agreement.
And after she complained to her supervisor about the alleged harassment, the supervisor — a female judge — told her there was nothing she could do to stop harassment by male judges, according to the lawsuit.
According to the lawsuit, Matthew Rosenbaum began sexually harassing his secretary in March 2005 after he took office as a judge of the state Supreme Court in Monroe County in Rochester.
The intimidation went beyond words, the woman claims in the lawsuit. Rosenbaum told her that having sex with him was “part of her job, that he was stressed and she needed to help him relieve his stress.”
She claims she was forced into oral sex on Rosenbaum multiple times between 2005 and 2009 in his rooms at the Monroe County courthouse.
The woman, who is not named because she alleges sexual abuse, says her former boss raped her in her own home after working hours. Her age is not in the suit.
The prosecutor, who was going through a divorce at the time of the alleged incident, said Rosenbaum threatened to lose her job and custody of her son if she failed to comply with oral sex requirements.
The former secretary also claims that even though the sex demands ended in 2009, Rosenbaum continued to pester her with unwanted hugs, comments and orders that she do personal errands for him until 2019.
The woman claims that Rosenbaum (above) “forced” her to have sex with him, and threatened that she would lose her job and custody of her son if she did not keep the agreement.
She says the alleged sexual acts took place in his rooms at the Monroe County courthouse in Rochester, NY, and also accuses Rosenbaum of raping her after work in her home.
According to the lawsuit, the woman first reported the alleged misconduct to court management after she applied for a job change in 2007, which was ultimately dismissed, according to the lawsuit.
The prosecution says she notified Judge Ann Taddeo of Rosenbaum’s demands, alleging that Taddeo told her “that she (Taddeo) couldn’t do much except give training on sexual abuse” and that “women unfortunately had to endure sexual harassment from male judges. because there was no way to get them reprimanded.’
A Taddeo clerk said: WHEC they could not comment on the allegations at this time.
Taddeo, also a Supreme Court judge, is named as a defendant in the lawsuit.
The woman also claims she reported the alleged sexual abuse to human resources and was told there was nothing they could do to help her.
Judge Ann Taddeo (pictured, above) told plaintiff that women had to endure sexual harassment from male judges because there was no way to get them reprimanded, according to the lawsuit
The woman claims that she reported the allegations to various authorities within the legal system and that no one was able to help her. Pictured is the district court complex in Rochester, NY
Her complaint was eventually forwarded to the Commission on Judicial Conduct in December 2019, according to the lawsuit. At that time, the woman had already sent three complaints to the Inspector General’s Office for the Judiciary, the lawsuit says.
On December 28, 2019, the complainant was informed that ‘Rosenbaum had agreed to resign from his judicial position and that the dismissal would end any further investigation’.
According to the lawsuit, dated July 16, 2021, the continued abuse forced the woman to take medical leave in October 2019 and she is still unable to return to work.
Rosenbaum’s lawyer told WHEC he was preparing for a trial and could not comment on the allegations.
However, a spokesperson for Rosenbaum, Arnie Rothschild, CEO of Normal Communication, issued a statement to the news channel: “As no legal documents have been delivered to Mr. Rosenbaum, it is impossible to comment on the details of the lawsuit. That said, as we have read in media reports, the allegations related to (the plaintiff’s) period as an employee. It would not be appropriate to comment on what appears to be employment issues’.
The Office of Court Administration also issued a statement saying, “as we have not been officially served, any comment would be inappropriate at this time.”
Lindy Korn, the prosecution’s attorney, also declined to answer specific questions about the case, but told WHEC that she and her co-counsel “are very proud to represent a courageous prosecutor like (the prosecution) in her effort to bring it down.” system accountable. for what happened to her and the complaint speaks for itself.’