Cedar Realty CEO Faces Sexual Harassment Lawsuit
Nancy H. Mozzachio, former Chief Operating Officer of Cedar Realty, filed a case against Bruce Schanzer CEO for pay discrimination and sexual harassment charges. 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. The Wall Street Journal has even made mention about one of the employees being asked by Schanzer what color of underwear she is wearing. 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.
The company has obtained some success because of Nancy Mozzachio and she as well. 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. In terms of her complaints, the company is giving her only a smaller bonus and a lower salary as chief operating officer in comparison to their chief financial officer that should not be the case as she must be the one receiving a higher amount. 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. She will continue fighting for the right of women working in a safer workplace.