A former employee at a Yorktown clinic is suing her manager at the time for making sexual advances and creating a hostile work environment, according to a lawsuit filed on Feb. 20 in U.S. District Court in White Plains.
Janine Mancuso, who worked as an office manager at the Westchester Health Associates' Yorktown office for less than a year, is suing Dr. Susan Malley, a Ridgefield resident, for sexual harassment that included hugging her, kissing her cheek, rubbing her arm for extended periods of time, and asking her out to dinner and "girls' night out."
Mancuso, who worked at the gynecologist's office from September 2011 to August 2012, claims Malley had made "unwanted, unsolicited and offensive" sexual advances to her by telling her she had a nice body, hair, make up and that she was beautiful, according to the lawsuit obtained by Patch.
"You're the best looking manager," Malley had told Mancuso, who identifies herself as heterosexual.
Mancuso had complained to administrators at Westchester Health Associates who then told her they dealt with the situation. Shortly after that, Malley had stopped touching and kissing her, the lawsuit said.
But one weekend, Malley had entered the Mancuso's office and smashed a picture of her, the lawsuit claims.
The 13-page lawsuit also claims Malley talked down to Mancuso, told her subordinates to ignore her and questioned her hiring decision for not interviewing "pretty applicants."
Mancuso was placed on short term disability caused by harassment and walked out of the office in August 10, 2012.
The woman, the lawsuit claims, found the sexual advances to be "repulsive, disgusting, insulting, disrespectful, degrading, unprofessional, unwelcome, demeaning, embarrassing, anxiety producing, intimidating, uncomfortable, humiliating, severely intrusive and physically threatening."
In addition, as the lawsuit claims, Malley would routinely criticize the nurses at her office, called a receptionist "dumb," had referred to a staff member as "white trash," would criticize the staff's attire,rejected a job applicant because she thought she was "ugly," and criticized another female job applicant's teeth.
The gynecologist's behavior also included mocking patients and talking about them behind their backs, the lawsuit claims. Malley had discussed how a patient complained about painful sexual intercourse, according to the lawsuit. She had also made light of a teenage patient who had a tattoo on her genitalia, and another one who had reconstructive surgery.
Malley writes on her website that she lives in Ridgefield and that she is a married woman and mother to three children.
"Quite recently I left my position, discovering after several years that I was not following my own advice about finding a good fit for oneself in all things," Malley wrote.