Ms. Penniston claims she has been harassed by Mr. K'Tori since before her first day of school. The principal allegedly flirted with Ms. Penniston while she was setting up her classroom. Things had already escalated by the first day of school when Mr. K'Tori allegedly told Penniston that she was pretty and asked a male student if he agreed with that opinion. Continuing the onslaught of unwanted attention in February 2012, K'Tori allegedly told Penniston that she could not maintain a social life because she would be spending all her time with him after school and on weekends. He also allegedly stated that he had the power to make Ms. Penniston's time at P.S. 15Q "miserable" but that she would be fine if she did what she was "supposed to do." According to her filed claim, Penniston allegedly rebuffed his advance and Mr. K'Tori allegedly began a pattern of retaliatory behavior.
While Ms. Penniston has reached out to the New York City Department of Education, the UFT, and the New York City Office of Equal Opportunity to help her address these allegations of harassment and retaliation, none of these organizations has been able to give Ms. Penniston respite and The Department of Education has allegedly denied her a transfer, effectively requiring her to work in what we allege as a hostile work environment. Once Mr. K'Tori was informed of Penniston's complaints, he allegedly proceeded to retaliate even more, causing Ms. Penniston considerable discomfort in her position at the school, and routinely subjecting her to disciplinary meetings. He allegedly went so far as to engage other school professionals to lie about Ms. Penniston so he could create negative notes in her permanent record. Ms. Penniston now has numerous erroneous complaints logged in her permanent record. As of June 25, 2013, Ms. Penniston was terminated from the school. Mr. K'Tori cited causes of termination that Ms. Penniston alleges to be false and allegedly in direct retaliation against Ms. Penniston's avoidance of his advances.
"Ms. Penniston has faced unfair treatment at the hand of Mr. K'Tori and the New York City Department of Education, and we are seeking to solve this problem once and for all," says Ms. Penniston's attorney
JURISDICTION AND VENUE
CLAIMS FOR RELIEF
WHEREFORE, Plaintiff demands judgment against Defendants for all compensatory, emotional, physical, and punitive damages (against the individual defendant only), lost pay, front pay, injunctive relief, and any other damages permitted by law. It is further requested that this Court grant reasonable attorneys' fees and the costs and disbursements of this action and any other relief to which Plaintiff is entitled. Plaintiff demands a trial by jury.