A former security guard has said she was forced to watch co-workers have sex and consistently sexually harassed because she refused to have intercourse with her boss, a new lawsuit claims.
LaDonna Powell said that because she refused to have sex with her supervisor, she was tormented throughout her time working for Allied Universal Security Services at John F Kennedy Airport in New York.
The 32-year-old said that when she started working there she was ‘presented with a choice: have sex with male supervisors and get ahead, or refuse and be relentlessly harassed and retaliated against,’ the Manhattan Federal Court lawsuit alleges.
Powell, who worked there from 2012 to 2016, said that part of the torment included being forced to stand and watch while her other co-workers had sex, according to the New York Daily News.
She also alleges that she was ‘present while her supervisors watched videos of female security guards performing oral sex on male supervisors.’
Those supervisors, she said, would regularly ask about her sexual prowess, according to court documents.
During the viewing of one video her boss allegedly asked her ‘Do you know how to give head like that?’ And another boss said the footage made his ‘toes curl’ because he was ‘so turned on.’
In one particularly harrowing incident – Powell said she was called into her supervisor’s office in 2014 and asked ‘How much further do you want to go,’ referring to upward mobility in her career.
She said he told her: ‘there are things you can do to get you where you want to go,’ clearly implying sex could be trade for career advancement.
A Port Authority supervisor was present during the meeting, she alleges. Port Authority contracts with allied to provide security at the New York City airport.
In another incident Powell recalled the same Allied supervisor telling her: ‘Since everybody already thinks we had sex, let’s bend you over the table.’
That same boss also regularly ‘brushed up’ against her when walking by and ‘made unnecessary contact with her.’
Powell said she tried to report the harassment to supervisors, but said her complaints ‘fell on deaf ears.’
She said she also attempted to report an allegation that a female colleague of hers was raped by two of their co-workers following a work event.
A former colleague Marsha-Nique Irving, pictured, said that she experienced the same thing, and that women who gave into sexual pressure were given easier shift patterns with more frequent breaks