A Motor Vehicle Operator at the Hartford Processing and Distribution Center has filed a $1 million lawsuit against her supervisor, his manager, and the US Postal Service, alleging sexual harassment. Maria Rosario was hired in July 2012. In 2014 she suffered an on the job injury, and was placed on limited duty by a physician. Rosario claims that the USPS refused to provide her with limited duty work, “claiming there was no work for her”.
Rosario says her supervisor during this period was Jeff B. Curento,; and that Curenton’s manager was the “Acting Manager of Transportation”, William A. Rodriguez. Rosario claims that she and Rodriguez had been in an “ongoing personal intimate relationship”, to her “embarrassment and shame”. She says she ended the relationship because Rodriguez was married. The complaint doesn’t explain the exact sequence of events, but says she “ended her intimate sexual relationship with co-defendant Rodriguez because he was married, he became angry and began to aggressively harass her within the work place.”
Rosario says Curenton, her supervisor, “knew what had occurred between plaintiff and Rodriguez and nevertheless joined in the ongoing harassment”, and that he would “constantly stare at plaintiff’s body and follow her around the building, making her feel unsafe, intimidated and apprehensive about what [he] might do”
Rosario further claims that the hostile work environment she claims she was subjected to was “because of the fact that she has openly opposed sexual harassment in the work place relative to her gender. But for the plaintiff having participated in the aforementioned protected activity on prior occasions, she would not have been treated in the manner she was by the co-defendants.
Rosario is seeking damages of $1 million.