ALBANY — A Kingston-based developer stands accused of sexual harassment against several employees in a federal complaint that describes allegations of obscene sexual comments, unwelcome physical contact and more.
The civil complaint, filed Tuesday by the regional office of the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, accuses Steven Aaron of Birchez Associates and Rondout Properties Management of routinely treating females employees in a “hostile, abusive, and demeaning manner,” such as engaging in frequent temper tantrums punctuated by use of obscene epithets and Aaron throwing objects at them.
Some of the less offensive remarks attributed to Aaron in the complaint include the boast that he “knows how to satisfy a woman” and “likes the way they taste.” The complaint also alleges he “repeatedly” put his hands down his pants and touched his genitals while speaking to female employees, and “has subjected a female employee to pornography on his cell phone on multiple occasions.”
Three women are named as alleged victims in the complaint. All were hired in late 2018 and quit after only a few weeks due to allegedly “intolerable” conditions.
EEOC said in a news release that it had attempted to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process. The agency said it will seek …read more
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