Another day another racial discrimination and sexual harassment lawsuit!
A building superintendent at an upscale Queens condo hurled racial epithets and sexually harassed a doorman — who was then fired when he complained, the former employee charges.
Jerry Laraque says he was sacked by the luxury condo The Foundry in Long Island City after telling board members and the property manager about the bizarre attacks by super John Olivieri, according to a complaint filed Tuesday in Brooklyn Federal Court.
Olivieri is accused of calling Laraque a “n—–,” “monkey,” and a “black piece of s—,” while ridiculing the plaintiff’s Haitian accent and his “big Chicago lips.”
Laraque claim Olivieri also pinned Laraque against a wall with a broomstick against his neck, suggested he perform oral sex and twice tried to stick his tongue in Laraque’s mouth, the complaint states.
“He humiliated me many times,” Laraque, 30, told the Daily News.
“These are very serious allegations and we intend to hold him (Olivieri) accountable,” lawyer Kenneth Thompson said.
Laraque began working at the The Foundry — which boasts duplex and loft apartments starting at more than $400,000 — as a security guard in 2008 and was promoted to doorman after a few months as a reward for his good performance, said Thompson.
The harassment allegedly started when Olivieri was a painting contractor for the building and intensified when he was hired as the superintendent.
Laraque said that he complained to “many people,” including board members he encountered in the lobby while on duty.
“They sent me to the management, back-and-forth, and nothing was done,” he told The News. “They don’t take it seriously.”
The suit contends property manager Robert Swiderski’s response to Laraque’s complaint was: “I’m not listening to you,” and “This is bull—-.”
Swiderski canned the doorman last January citing poor performance and claiming Laraque got into an argument with another employee last year, according to the suit.
New Bedford Management, which oversees condo said Laraque was terminated for good reason, but declined to elaborate.
“I know what the allegations are and my clients deny them in the strongest terms possible,” company lawyer Brian Mazzola said.
Olivieri also declined to comment and Swiderski could not be reached. The suit seeks unspecified monetary damages for the discrimination and retaliation.
This sounds crazy, hope this guy has some proof though because it definitely seems like nobody believed him in the first place. Can you imagine going to work and having a co-worker harassing you for Becky while calling you a monkey?
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