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Bosses of the Week

QUEENS, N.Y. (CN) - Bosses at a nonprofit harassed and constructively fired a woman by leaving her a voicemail message asking her to "rub my cock," while making sex noises in the background, the woman claims in Queens County Court.

Laura Clark says both of her bosses at the Sports and Arts in Schools Foundation - Sal Gulla and Paul Loughran - sexually harassed her.

Clark says she was "shocked" when Loughran left her a voicemail message saying "rub my cock" while "the noises that she heard in the background made her to believe that two people were having sex." She says Loughran added, "This is Paul," to his message.

Clark says she notified human resources the next day that "she did not feel comfortable coming into the office and that she was not resigning from her position."

But the nonprofit constructively fired her by refusing to transfer her to another department, she says.

Neither supervisor was ever punished or disciplined for their history of harassment, Clark says.

She seeks damages for discrimination, sexual harassment and retaliation.

The only named plaintiff is the foundation.

Clark is represented by Ismail Sekendiz of Akin & Smith.

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