Lora Abbot-Seabury, a former sergeant at the Rensselaer County Jail, filed a sexual harassment complaint with the New York Division on Human Rights in October 2010.
Abbot-Seabury claims that a coworker, William Fenton, groped her buttocks and breasts. After she complained to Captain Harold Smith about the incident, she claims she was subjected to a hostile work environment in retaliation by her coworkers Timmy Hayes, David Hayes, Jimmy Suriano, Jamie Kozowsil, Joe Bruno, Jay Burns, John Hayes, Mark Piche, David Higgett, and David Connell.
Abbot-Seabury eventually quit her job in order to escape the hostile work environment. A state board found that she suffered post-traumatic stress and depression.
Both sides will be able to respond to the judge’s recommendation before a final, binding decision is made.