App.com Reported: HOLMDEL – Former school Superintendent Leroy Seitz is accused of sexual harassment by his former secretary for a variety of inappropriate comments, including allegedly joking about pedophiles on staff and receiving lap dances from women, according to a lawsuit filed this week.
Marie Deane, a district employee since 2014, claims that during Seitz’s time as interim superintendent from June 2020 to December, he “repeatedly made misogynistic, sexually harassing and discriminatory comments about” district staff. The complaint also described them as “vile comments.”
Examples of alleged harassment
The lawsuit cites several examples of alleged harassment during the past year:
- On Oct. 18, 2021, “Seitz inappropriately discussed a school nurse’s concern with a parent’s request to provide cream to a student’s genital area,” the lawsuit states. “During the conversation (in Deane’s presence) Seitz stated to another staffer, ‘We’ve got to have several pedophiles on staff that would volunteer to put Desitin on the child, haha. I want to see the job description for this, haha.”
- On Sept. 24, 2021, Seitz allegedly told another staffer “that several women who attended a recent meeting with him intentionally dressed provocatively to attempt to persuade him on various topics discussed at the meeting on that date,” the complaint stated.
- On Oct, 7, 2021, Seitz told the same staffer “that while a female hairstylist was cutting his hair during his most recent haircut, he had a ‘good view when she was leaning over in front of him cutting his hair and it would have been great to have a lap dance’.
If you have been the victim of sexual harassment in the workplace in New Jersey, and have faced retaliation such as termination, demotion, or discipline after making a complaint, contact McOmber McOmber & Luber, P.C. today for a free consultation to discuss your options.