Fri December 20, 2013
Assemblyman Gabryszak facing sexual harassment allegations
Cheektowaga Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak has been accused of sexual harassment by a group of former female staff members.
According to the Albany Times-Union, the charges accuse the Democrat of making crude sexual comments. In papers served in state Attorney General's office, three women said they felt they were forced to quit their jobs.
The women involved have filed notice. They are seeking investigation, remuneration, monetary compensation and judgment. The notice allows them the right to sue within one year. All three are being represented by attorney Johnny Destino of Niagara Falls.
The women making the allegations include the assemblyman's former communications directors Annalise Freling, 28, and Kimberly Snickles, 26, both of Western New York, along with Jaime Campbell, 24, of Clifton Park.
The women allege Gabryszak "indulged in sexual innuendo" and talked about sex "obsessively."
Freling says her boss told her she aroused him sexually, commented about women's physiques, and talked often about going to strip clubs. She says she found pictures of naked women and information about escort services on his mobile devices.
Gabryszak is a married father of two. In 2012, he announced support for a bill that would crack down on psychological abuse and intimidation in the workplace.
Elected to the Assembly in 2006, the 62-year-old Gabryszak did not offer comment for the story.