School principal ‘forced secretary to take half-naked photos of her’

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Gisselle Vasquez, who worked at a Yonkers school, sued the city's school district for alleging that she was sexually harassed by the school's female principal, the female deputy principal and the male deputy principal.

Gisselle Vasquez, who worked at a Yonkers school, sued the city’s school district for alleging that she was sexually harassed by the school’s female principal, the female deputy principal and the male deputy principal.

A Westchester County school employee was forced to take racy photos of her boss – a female high school principal – who experienced sexual harassment by multiple school officials and was retaliated against, according to a federal lawsuit filed this month.

The allegations lasted nearly two years, but Yonkers school principal Edwin Quezada did nothing, according to the lawsuit, which was filed in federal court on May 24.

Gisselle Vasquez, a 35-year-old mother of a six-year-old, was a secretary for Principal Evelina Medina, 42, at Robert C. Dodson School on May 24, 2018, when the charges began, according to the lawsuit.

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,” Vasquez told The Post.

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 post. It is unclear if she is still employed by the district. The district told the newspaper it would not comment on “pending lawsuits.”

Vasquez filed the lawsuit in White Plains federal court on May 24, with the courthouse in the background

Vasquez filed the lawsuit in White Plains federal court on May 24, with the courthouse in the background

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

Robert Dodson Assistant Director Christopher Cassano

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 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.

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