The ex-con “overtime king” at the beleaguered Board of Elections value taxpayers much more cash when the company settled a sexual-harassment criticism in opposition to him.
The discrimination declare in opposition to Alvin Samuels, which included allegations of retaliation, went earlier than the state Division of Human Rights, based on the town Law Department.
The BOE agreed to decide on Aug. 1 for $22,500, based on the division.
The criticism concerned an worker who was given a brand new job by Samuels, the Democratic Manhattan workplace supervisor, solely to have it rescinded when she refused to sleep with him, based on a supply conversant in the case.
Samuels denied that he coerced or threatened the girl for sexual favors, though he admitted having a short consensual relationship together with her, based on paperwork within the case which had been seen by The Post. The BOE contended that the girl’s poor efficiency was in charge for her job switch.
Samuels, 53, raked in $107,031 in extra time pay in 2020 — along with his wage of $106,627, data present.
The gravy practice might have come to an finish although.
Samuels was escorted from his BOE workplace Friday and positioned on a two-week suspension, based on Arthur Schwartz, a lawyer for the union that represents Samuels.
Schwartz stated he didn’t know the rationale for the suspension, but it surely was not associated to the sexual harassment allegations.
He joined the BOE in 1993 shortly after serving six years in state jail for his function within the 1984 armed theft of a retailer clerk who was killed within the stickup, though Samuels was not the triggerman, based on state data and a broadcast report.
He landed within the lockup once more in 1997, pleading responsible to possession of a 9mm handgun and misdemeanor assault after beating up his girlfriend, additionally a Board of Elections worker, data present.
Samuels held on to the job and later, based on insiders, employed fellow felon Howard Prescod, who was launched from jail in 2014 after serving 28 years for homicide and theft. Prescod labored at the company as a brief clerk in 2015 and was paid $25,272, data present.
A spokesman for the Board of Elections stated the company “does not comment on personnel or litigation matters.”