New photos show the humiliating treatment a school secretary in Yonkers claims received when the principal asked her to take raunchy photos to send to her lover.
Gisselle Vasquez, a 35-year-old single mother of a six-year-old, was a secretary for Evelina Medina, 42, at the Robert C. Dodson School.
She said the bizarre behavior started on May 24, 2018.
Vasquez is seeking damages, in a lawsuit filed in federal court on May 24, alleging sexual harassment by multiple school officials and retaliation against her.
The allegations lasted for nearly two years, but Yonkers school principal Edwin Quezada did nothing, according to court documents.
Evelina Medina, 42, the former principal of the Robert C. Dodson School in Yonkers, had her secretary Gissele Vasquez take this photo, according to a lawsuit filed May 24
Medina asked Vasquez to take the picture of her in her underwear at school, in her office, in 2018
Evelina Medina is pictured with her husband (center) and Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano (right) at the 2019 Hispanic Professionals Association Awards
Medina texted Vasquez a photo of a man lying in bed in his underwear and told her to save the photo for her, according to the lawsuit.
The next day, Medina gave Vasquez her phone and asked her to take a picture of her and “continued her pants down to her ankles, turned and bare her buttocks in thong underwear and posed,” the lawsuit says.
“She hands me the phone and says, ‘Shut the door'” Vasquez told The New York Post.
“When I looked back, her pants were already down.
‘I was shocked. I didn’t know what to think. I really just froze. I was concerned that if I left her office there would be a student or employee or someone else.
“Her office is in the main office and there is a lot of traffic.”
Medina is no longer the school’s principal, according to the Post, but the school district has declined to go into detail about the circumstances under which she left her job.
Vasquez said that, according to the suit, she also received screenshots of explicit conversations from her boss, which she wanted to hide from her husband.
It is unclear if she is still employed by the district.
The district told the newspaper it would not comment on “pending lawsuits.”
Four days later – May 29, 2018 – Medina texted Vasquez “a photo of a man lying in bed with his erect penis exposed” and told her secretary to keep it for her.
At that point, Vasquez had been working in the Yonkers school district for about five years, but only a month at the Robert Dodson magnet school, which has fewer than 900 students.
That week of alleged interactions was followed by months of shopping lingerie, booking a hotel room for Medina, and a time when Medina “forcibly grabbed (Vasquez) by the throat to show what she wanted to do with her lover” and her explicit photos of her. lover, says the lawsuit.
“On more than one occasion, Medina made comments about her lover’s penis size and how it satisfied her more despite being smaller than her husband’s penis,” the lawsuit says.
During that time, the secretary told at least two school officials, including a letter to Human Resources, according to the lawsuit, but nothing happened.
Vasquez was subsequently alleged to have been the victim of sexual harassment by two assistant directors – Sandra Guzman and Christopher Cassano, according to the lawsuit.
Yonkers Superintendent of Yonkers Schools District Dr. Edwin M. Quezada and Robert Dodson Assistant Director Christopher Cassano were as named in the lawsuit
Guzman said, “You don’t really look like a sexual person,” and asked her, “How many times a week do you have sex?”
Cassano is said to have asked Vasquez around March 2019 how often she says sex and kissed her forcibly several times.
In April 2019, Vasquez again filed a complaint with Human Resources and spoke to the inspector, who reportedly said, “Thank you,” the lawsuit says.
Her human resources complaint was passed on by the other teachers, and by the end of the month, Vasquez was transferred to Chavez Public School – another Yonkers district school – but in a different role with a different schedule.
The transfer and schedule change posed problems for Plaintiff because of her family status and childcare obligations, the suit says.
She said the move was in retaliation for bringing up the alleged violations of her bosses.
During the pandemic, she applied for medical accommodation because she suffers from asthma, a heart murmur and anxiety and added a doctor’s note, but the school denied it, according to the lawsuit.
Vasquez has been on family leave, the Post reported.
“My professionalism exceeds the expectations of that facility,” Vasquez told The New York Post. “To this day I can’t believe this happened to me. I didn’t see it coming. It’s disturbing. I am disgusted and ashamed.’
The allegations took place at the Robert Dodson School in the city of Yonkers, New York
The lawsuit is seeking an unspecified amount of damages.
The city of Yonkers, the Yonkers School District, Dodson and Chavez Schools (both in Yonkers), Medina, Cassano, Guzman and Quezada are named in the lawsuit.
The New York Post reported that Medina is no longer a director at Dodson. A man answering her phone hung up when a New York Post reporter called.
DailyMail called Dr. Quezada for comment, but no one was around on Sunday.