Teresa Gueyser, the former Detroit Public Schools superintendent, filed a lawsuit against the DPS. She claims that she was subjected to sexual harassment and a hostile work environment and then retaliated against after refusing to comply with the sexual advances of the former school board president.
According to the Detroit Free Press:
In [the lawsuit], Robert Bobb, the state-appointed DPS emergency financial manager, is accused of having surveillance equipment planted in Gueyser’s office, stripping her of authority and making DPS “a cesspool of dysfunction, male-dominated cronyism, ego-driven, divisive and unlawful power grabs and gender-based harassment and discrimination.”
“We’ll defend ourselves vigorously against all the claims,” DPS spokesman Steve Wasko said.
School board president Anthony Adams is accused of contributing to the hostile environment by requesting that Gueyser not file a report against former school board president Otis Mathis III. Mathis repeatedly sexually harassed Gueyser, including touching her knee and buttocks, according to the lawsuit.
“I will reserve comment until I have had the opportunity to review it,” Adams said of the lawsuit.
On Friday, Mathis had intended to plead guilty to a felony charge of misconduct in office, having been accused of fondling himself in a meeting with Gueyser. Upon hearing about Gueyser’s lawsuit, he changed his plea to no contest.
Mathis told the court that he had a rash in his genital area after having suffered bladder cancer and was rubbing cream onto himself while in the meeting with Gueyser on June 16.