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HCC, Chancellor, and Chair Hit with $15 Million Sexual Assault Suit
HOUSTON, TX. HCC’s legal troubles are growing. Already facing two federal racial discrimination suits filed by 100+ Black employees, the beleaguered community college and its top executives have now been hit with a graphic sexual assault suit filed by a 50-year old white female employee. The new lawsuit alleges HCC’s Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Robert Glaser, initiated a sexual relationship with the female employee who was experiencing difficulties with her job at the college. Glaser is alleged to have promised the female he would address issues with her supervisors and help her keep her job in exchange for sexual favors. The suit details an event where Glaser took the employee to a bar and after a few drinks, the female became incapacitated and ended up in bed without any clothes on and with sore thighs. Glaser is said to have told the female afterward that he had taken her home the night before from the bar and “made out” with her. The suit recounts even more graphic accounts of Glaser’s sexual misconduct, including his sending a video to the employee of him masturbating, calling the female employee on another occasion while he was masturbating at his house and asking her to stay on the phone until he “got off,” and yet another incident of his transporting her across state lines to travel with him to Washington, DC to an HCC-event for a sex-filled weekend at the St. Regis Hotel.
The suit alleges Glaser told the female he felt emboldened to ask her for sex because the Chancellor of the college, Cesar Maldonado was his personal friend and was himself having a similar sexual relationship with a married female employee at the college who was working under him. The Chancellor’s affair with the married employee is said to have been investigated by HCC police officers whom Chancellor Maldonado threatened to fire if the investigation proceeded without him being present during the interrogation. When the officers asked Maldonado to leave the interrogation room while they interviewed the female he refused and began coaching the female on what to say in response to the officer’s questions. The suit alleges a police report of the incident is still in the possession of the HCC police department, but it presently has an administrative block on it to try to keep it hidden.
After Plaintiff filed an EEOC complaint against HCC, Maldonado, and Glaser, she received notice from the college that her employment contract would not be renewed. She alleges school officials are now retaliating against her because she is revealing and trying to stop the sexual harassment and sexual exploitation of females at HCC.
The suit also identifies several instances of other male managers at the college sexually exploiting subordinate female employees and alleges HCC administrators under Maldonado have turned a blind eye to the abuse. The suit contends HCC has adopted a de facto custom, practice, and policy of allowing sexual exploitation of female employees by male employees who occupy powerful positions at the college and/or are perceived to be friends of Maldonado.
When asked about the lawsuit, the Plaintiff stated, “I am ashamed of what I had to go through at HCC just to try to keep my job. No woman should be asked to bargain with her dignity and self-respect to make a living. Maldonado’s and Glaser’s actions need to be seriously examined, if not by the Board of Trustees then by a jury at the courthouse.”