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Brooklyn Judge Sued for Sexual Harrasment

In a very uncomfortable article, the New York Post discusses a new lawsuit being brought against Brooklyn civil court Judge David Schmidt.  The lawsuit was brought by his very own court secretary.  

According to the article, Judge Schmidt, 61, tormented veteran court secretary Sharon Sabbagh, 57, by stroking her face, forcing her to give him hugs before she went home, and regaling her with explicit tales of sex with his mistress, the lawsuit alleges. 

According to another article, "When she objected to the judge's 'objectifying behavior,' the judge called her a liar, incompetent and stupid, she says, then ordered her to perform demeaning chores, including having to pick up his 'soiled underwear' near his desk. The judge stopped referring to her by name, she says, and his "overt hostility ... became so severe, pervasive and recognizable that the court clerk began referring to the morning meetings Justice Schmidt compelled plaintiff to endure as 'Sharon's morning beat-down.' He would also snap his fingers at her in a busy courtroom, she says. He made her clean out his car, take his grandchildren shopping, buy his deodorant, go the bank to pay his mortgage and print out his e-mails from an online dating site, she says."

Clearly, sexual harrassment has no place in the work place.  And, I guess, the court room.  

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