Marcela Gutierrez, a former employee at Astoria’s Community Board (CB) 1 will receive $98,000 after the City of New York agreed to settle her lawsuit. Gutierrez had accused longtime district manager George Delis of sexual harassment and a hostile work environment.
Also named in the federal lawsuit were the City of New York, CB 1, Borough President Helen Marshall, and CB Chairman Vinicio Donato.
Gutierrez’s lawsuit alleged that Delis, 64, invited her to “watch pornographic films in his office on at least two separate occasions;” told her “that he is only attracted to girls age 14 and younger;” referred to Gutierrez “using derogatory epithets;” and that he constantly bragged “about his sexual conquests and prowess.”
Gutierrez claimed that she objected to Delis and asked him to stop. She also said that she complained numerous times to Vinicio Donato but that he “conducted no investigation…took no corrective action…and did nothing to stop or prevent the sexual harassment.”
In commenting about the lawsuit settlement, New York Assemblymember Michael Gianaris said, “I think it is unfortunate that George Delis’ behavior has cost the city and taxpayers almost $100,000 and I certainly think Mr. Delis should reimburse the city for damages. $100,000 is equal to having two more teachers in our classrooms or two more police officers on our street.”