Skeptical social critics and political observers say while New York city Mayor, Bill de Blasio has blamed a “hyper-complaint dynamic” for a spate of sex-harassment complaints at the Department of Education, the city has quietly paid out $200,000 to two women who accused the same employee, David Jimenez, of the department of abuse. Ironically that man gets to keep his job.
The voices have grown louder in the last month, since the city settled a second sexual-harassment suit in four years for the city school head.
David Jimenez the sexual-harassment suit groped, made unwanted advances and retaliated against the women when they complained.
The last negotiated settlement brings the totaling paid two assistant principals who worked under Jimenez at the school, to $200,000
Still in the abuse intolerant #MeToo era, Jimenez, who makes $173,707 a year, can’t be punished, officials said.
Felicia Bray Assistant Principal at the Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics reached a deal on April 4. NY city will pay her $150,000. settling claims she suffered abuse by principal David Jimenez, from 2008 to 2009
On April 4, former Court, Assistant Principal Felicia Bray reached a deal with the city of $150,000 to settle a 2013 harassment suit she filed in Manhattan Supreme court claiming she suffered Jimenez’ abuse from 2008 to 2009.
According to her suit, the harassment started when Jimenez touched her hand and told her he liked her. She replied that it made her uncomfortable, and that she wanted to keep their relationship professional. But he still pursued her aggressively, she alleged.
In his office, Jimenez “grabbed me from behind and tried to feel up my breasts,” she testified in a deposition. “I was wrestling with him and started to cry, ‘What are you doing?’ I was screaming.”
After five minutes, he finally stopped when a janitor knocked on the door, she said. “He told me to hide in the bathroom.”
Another time, according to her publicly filed deposition transcript, he followed her car in his, honking the horn, and demanding he pull over and join him.
In a health office, Jimenez asked Bray to open a desk drawer. It contained a fake penis used in sex-ed classes to demonstrate condom use.
“He laughed hysterically,” she recalled.
In a school hallway, Jimenez “leaned in and tried to smell me,” she said.
Bray confided in another assistant principal, Arleen Milton, who revealed she had been harassed by the same predator too.
The two women agreed to stay together whenever he was with either of them.
An earlier sex-harassment suit filed by Milton was settled by the city in 2014 for $50,000 Milton claimed that Jimenez tried to kiss her, made lewd comments and asked her on dates, according to court papers.
When Bray finally complained to the DOE’s Office of Equal Opportunity, Jimenez escalated the harassment by slapping her with disciplinary letters. She was prompted to lodge a complaint with the city’s Commission on Human Rights, charging that Jimenez was retaliating against her sex-based complaints, Bray said.
Instead of investigating Jimenez, the DOE terminated Bray as an AP, citing “professional misconduct” and “insubordination.” She was demoted to teacher, her salary slashed.
A different school later rehired Bray as an AP. She now makes $140,639.
Supporting he the trend of abuse and predatory behavior, another former AP under Jimenez called him “mean and vindictive,” saying, “He shouldn’t be a principal.”
Records also revealed that Jimenez in 2013 ordered a beloved 89-year-old school aide to man the elevator all day, in a scheme to force her into retirement.
He planned to give away her $28,000-a-year job to someone else, outraged staffers alleged.
David Jimenez was accused of plotting to force Fran Tortorici [photo], into retirement so he could give out her job
“It’s scary,” said attorney Gerald Gross, who represented both Milton and Bray.
“When you have similar acts alleged against the same principal, it’s incumbent on the city to start seriously investigating whether to keep this guy in the same position.”
Regarding the allegations, the alleged abuser himself said, “I have not been disciplined.” Jimenez says.
“I’ve always denied these accusations and I’m sticking to that. I did not sexually harass anyone”, he maintains.
Asked to justify the principal’s continued stay on the job, DOE spokesman Doug Cohen said the settlement does not confirm wrongdoing,” Cohen said.
Cohen added, “Cases are often resolved beyond the time-frame when DOE is legally able to impose discipline.”, while pointing out the school’s 96 percent graduation rate as evidence that Jimenez is “effective.”
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