Inspector in Andrew Cuomo’s admin. treated women like ‘objects’
A former top investigator in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration has filed a federal sex discrimination complaint against her agency and the married boss who supervised her, claiming he treated women as “sexual objects” and had a “romantic relationship” with a subordinate he promoted.
“When James `Jay’ Kiyonaga ran the Justice Center [For the Protection of People with Special Needs], the rules were clear: women were sexual objects,” former Justice Center Inspector General Patricia Gunning’s lawyers said in the complaint filed with the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission.
“Mr. Kiyonaga fostered a sexualized frat boy culture . . . If you were a willing recipient of his sexual advances, he favored and even promoted you. If you were not, your career languished. And if you objected to his preferential treatment, he retaliated. That is what happened to Patricia Gunning,” lawyer Debra Greenberg of Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady said in the complaint.