School principal made employee take racy pictures: lawsuit

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A Yonkers college employee was pressured to take raunchy images of her principal posing in a thong in school — and retailer the pictures on her mobile phone, together with penis pics and different illicit photographs, an explosive federal lawsuit alleges.

The principal enlisted the underling’s assist with the intention to conceal the horny snaps from her husband and save them for her lover, the college secretary and her lawyer instructed The Post.

Gisselle Vasquez, a 35-year-old single mother, was employed as a Spanish-speaking secretary for Principal Evelina Medina, 42, on the Robert C. Dodson School, an 865-student magnet college 5 minutes from Scarsdale. But Medina quickly pushed her to do excess of clerical work, the Manhattan federal courtroom papers declare.

On May 24, 2018, Medina texted Vasquez a photograph of a person mendacity in mattress in his underwear, and instructed Vasquez to save lots of the photograph for her on her personal telephone, courtroom papers state.

“To this day I don’t understand what would make her so comfortable to ask me to do that for her,” Vasquez instructed The Post, explaining that the ladies weren’t buddies. “I wondered if I don’t do this what would be the repercussions for me at work. I’m a single parent and I thought what would happen if I said no.”

The subsequent day, Medina ushered the secretary into the college workplace and ordered her to take a photograph of her. “She hands me the phone and says, ‘Close the door,’” Vasquez instructed The Post.

“Medina then proceeded to lower her pants to her ankles, turned around and exposed her buttocks in thong underwear and posed,” in keeping with courtroom papers.

Yonkers school worker Gisselle Vasquez claims she was forced to take sexy pictures of her principal Evelina Medina posing in a thong at school and store the shots on her cell phone.
Evelina Medina allegedly ordered Vasquez to take a photograph of her.

“When I looked back her pants were already down,” Vasquez recalled. “I was shocked. I didn’t know what to think. I really just froze. I worried that if I just left her office there could be a student or employee or anyone there. Her office is in the main office and there is a lot of traffic.”

Medina then texted the almost bare-butt picture to Vasquez’s mobile phone and requested her if ought to may assist “edit” them, the grievance says. “She wanted to smooth out the dimples … her cellulite,” Vasquez instructed The Post.

Five days later, on May 29, the principal texted Vasquez one other intercourse shot — this time of a person mendacity in mattress holding his erect penis, the grievance alleges. Medina “instructed” Vasquez to save lots of that photograph for her too.

“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 size,” the swimsuit says.

“Medina used my client as her own personal drop-box to keep the sexy pictures away from her [Medina’s] husband,” stated lawyer Christopher Berlingieri. “Due to the serious nature of the sexual harassment here, we felt that there was no other option but to bring a civil action.”

The federal swimsuit costs that Medina on a number of events confirmed Vasquez her iPhone and instructed her to learn the XXX-rated sexts she and her lover had exchanged.

“I don’t know why she wanted me to read it. Maybe she didn’t have friends or family to confide in?” Vasquez instructed The Post. “I don’t know why she thought it was OK. Maybe because she thought I was just her secretary and I wasn’t going to say or do anything.”

In June, Medina allegedly directed Vasquez to guide a resort room in Yonkers utilizing Vasquez’ bank card for the needs of a rendezvous together with her lover, the swimsuit says.

The swimsuit doesn’t identify the alleged lover, and the express photographs and texts weren’t filed as case displays however had been shared with The Post.

The principal invited Vasquez and Sandra Guzman, an assistant principal at Dodson, to comfortable hour after work, and her “lover and his brother” confirmed up. Medina instructed Vasquez that she ought to date her lover’s brother, the swimsuit says.

Vasquez instructed The Post she believes Medina wished “cover” for her dalliance.

Evelina Medina allegedly made her co-worker Gisselle Vasquez take photos of her at the Dodson School in Yonkers in May 2018.
Evelina Medina allegedly made her co-worker Gisselle Vasquez take images of her on the Dodson School in Yonkers in May 2018.
J.C. Rice for NY Post

Vasquez “felt uncomfortable during this encounter and ultimately told Medina that she had to leave,” the grievance says.

Vasquez lastly complained to a supervising clerk “about inappropriate things going on. Rather than set up a meeting, [the supervisor] merely responded to just put in a request for transfer,” the grievance says.

On Aug. 9, Vasquez did simply that, however “received no response” from HR, the swimsuit says.

The subsequent month, the sleazy directives continued, with Medina ordering Vasquez to purchase her black lingerie throughout her lunch break “because she had a date later in the city,” the grievance alleges. Medina gave Vasquez $50 and instructed her to go to the Romantic Depot grownup retailer.

An “intimidated and uncomfortable” Vasquez determined she was not going to make the acquisition and as an alternative returned the cash to Medina after lunch, telling her she “could not find anything,” the swimsuit says.

Gisselle Vasquez
Gisselle Vasquez was apprehensive there could be repercussions if she didn’t do what Medina ordered.
J.C. Rice for NY Post

Medina grew more and more daring in what she shared together with her secretary, and would even exhibit a few of her intercourse strikes. The educator “forcefully grabbed [Vasquez] by the neck and throat to show her what she wanted to do with her lover,” the grievance states.

In the autumn of 2018, Vasquez interviewed for a place at Roosevelt High School within the district and met with the principal there. The following day, Medina approached Vasquez and requested her why she utilized for a switch and knowledgeable her she spoke with the Roosevelt principal and suggested him to not rent Vasquez, the courtroom papers allege.

The swimsuit alleges that Medina was not the one high-ranking educator harassing her.

Court papers say that AP Guzman would joke that Vasquez in all probability didn’t have intercourse quite a bit, and Christopher Cassano, one other Dodson assistant principal, allegedly requested her, “Have you ever done drugs?” and “How often do you have sex?”

One day whereas Vasquez was in the primary workplace working the after-school program with Cassano, Medina referred to as the workplace from her automotive and allegedly instructed Vasquez “You should give him some.” Vasquez then requested Medina, “Give him what?” Medina responded, “You know what.”

On March 29, 2019, “Cassano leaned in and attempted to kiss [Vasquez] on the lips in the back of the main office while plaintiff was washing a plate,” the swimsuit costs. Vasquez requested Cassano what he was doing and backed away.

“He said, ‘I shouldn’t have done that,’ ” Vasquez instructed The Post.

On April 10, Vasquez complained to Medina about Cassano and the next day filed a grievance with human assets, the swimsuit says. Vasquez adopted up on April 17 with an e mail to the Superindentent of Schools Edwin Quezada complaining about feeling “extremely uncomfortable at Dodson” and requested a switch, the swimsuit says.

He “merely replied, ‘Thank you.’ “

Vasquez later discovered {that a} instructor at Dodson had a replica of her grievance on her mobile phone and was exhibiting it to different workers, the swimsuit says.

In April 2019, she was transferred to the Cesar E. Chavez School. But it was in retaliation, the swimsuit alleges, and she or he was given a distinct place with a distinct schedule and totally different job title.

“I think the move was made in case they were sued. They were looking to cover their asses,” she instructed The Post.

Evelina Medina
Evelina Medina allegedly made Vasquez take images of her posing in a thong.

Vasquez’ new hours “were difficult’ because of her childcare obligations and in July 2019 she began to see a psychiatrist “due to the sexual harassment caused by Medina, Cassano and Guzman,” the grievance costs.

In November 2019, Human Resources instructed Vazquez her complaints had been unfounded and HR thought-about the investigation “completed and closed.”

During the pandemic, in August 2020, she requested a “reasonable accommodation to work remotely from home due to her disabilities of asthma, heart murmur and anxiety” and included a physician’s observe, the swimsuit says. Her request was denied.

Vasquez has been out on household go away.

“My professionalism exceeds the expectations of that facility,” Vasquez instructed The Post. “To this day I can’t believe that this happened to me. I didn’t see it coming. It’s disturbing. I’m disgusted and embarrassed.”

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano named Dodson as his school of the month for March 2018, gushing that “under the leadership of Principal Evelina Medina, [it] is setting the bar in terms of academic achievement and community engagement.” 

The lawsuit names the town of Yonkers, the college district, the Dodson and Chavez colleges, Medina, assistant principals Cassano and Guzman, and Superintendent Quezada as defendants. It seeks “uncapped” and unspecified damages.

Medina, who made $163,000 in 2019, in keeping with public information, is now not principal at Dodson. A person answering her telephone hung up when a reporter referred to as, and textual content messages weren’t returned.

The college district stated it could not touch upon “pending litigation” and refused to present the circumstances of Medina leaving her Dodson publish. Cassano and Guzman couldn’t be reached.

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