Men accuse female colleague of sexual harassment at school
Two men are accusing a female Valley Stream North High School colleague of sexual harassment.
John Brennan says he's been subjected to years of sexual harassment, including unwanted touching, caressing and massaging.
Brennan and fellow teacher Al Daddino say the person doing the harassing is 51-year-old Cecilia Sanossian, a teacher who was also the chairperson of their department.
"She's like, 'You need a massage,' and I said, 'Actually I don't need a massage,' and then she started massaging me, on my back, my shoulder, my neck line," says Brennan.
Daddino and Brennan also accuse Sanossian of sexually harassing them in front of students and creating a toxic environment for students at the school.
The male teachers say they complained to the principal and other school officials, but have gotten nowhere. They are now represented by attorney Lenoard Leeds, who has filed a complaint with the state Division of Human Rights and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.