A former employee of the Wildwood School District alleges she was sexually harassed by her superior while he retaliated against her
A former custodian is suing the Wildwood Board of Education, accusing her former supervisor of sexual harassment and retaliation after denying his alleged advances.
Donna Howard, 61, of West Wildwood filed a civil lawsuit in the state Superior Court against multiple defendants, including the Wildwood School District after she claimed her superior, building and grounds supervisor Patrick Quinlan, allegedly sexually harassed her while on the job and retaliated against her when she refused his advances.
“We received a copy of the complaint and have turned it over to our attorney,” Wildwood Superintendent John K. Kummings said in a statement. “The district denies the allegation, but is unable to discuss the matter as it is pending litigation.”
Howard, who began working for the district in 2007 as a custodian, claims the harassment started in 2012 after Quinlan allegedly approached her multiple times to try to start a romantic relationship. He allegedly sent Howard cards and letters to Howard to spark a relationship. NJ Advance Media obtained copies of the cards and letters Quinlan allegedly sent to Howard. In one of the alleged cards sent, the message states “Both are hot, both get my heart racing, and both are the first thing I want in the morning! How True it is and all day long. I love you.”
In another correspondence sent along with a Wildwood High School After Prom raffle ticket, a note signed by “an admirer” said “Thank you for last week. It was wonderful. Also thank you for being you know, you.”
The lawsuit also claimed a pattern of retaliation occurred after Howard denied Quinlan’s alleged sexual advances.
A number listed for Quinlan, which appeared to be a cell phone, was not able to receive voice messages and a text message seeking comment was not returned.
In 2013, she alleges Quinlan falsely accused her of leaving the building, resulting in her being written up. She also accuses Quinlan of giving her extra work compared to the other custodians as well as continually reprimanding her when the work was not completed. Also, despite having seniority over other male custodians, she was not contacted about overtime opportunities while the others were, she claims.
Another alleged occurrence happened during the summer of 2013 when Howard alleges she was ordered to work in a boiler when the temperature inside of the …read more
Source:: New Jersey Real-Time News