Vito Messina, a security officer at Indian Point nuclear power plant 26 miles north of Manhattan, New York, is being accused of sexually harassing his coworkers for decades. There have been three different lawsuits against him alleging inappropriate behavior. Here is what we know about the alleged harassment against him:
1/ Messina is being accused of telling James Tepperwein that he was going to touch him as much as he wanted.
2/ Messina allegedly dug his fingernails into Tepperwein’s butt.
3/ Messina asked a fellow security guard if he would ever have sex with a man.
4/ A shop steward claimed the Messina assaulted him and his father.
5/ Perhaps the most disturbing allegation comes from coworkers who claim to have seen Messina place his penis inside of a female employee’s sandwich before returning it to the lunch table.
Though Messina has a laundry list of fondling, grabbing, and propositioning harassment allegations against him, Indian Point affirms that no “formal" complaints were made against him between 2005-2016. Before he could be fired for his alleged inappropriate behavior, however, Messina retired, (good timing considering the entire plant will shut down for good in April of 2020.)
Have you ever heard of anything like the sandwich allegation? Wasn’t there an 80’s movies with something similar (not in the work setting)?
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