Woman files lawsuit against Sam Hoyt

Woman says she was harassed by New York state employee

Woman files lawsuit against Sam Hoyt

A NY woman says in a federal lawsuit that she was sexually harassed by a state employee, and the governor knew and did nothing to stop it, allegations the governor's office denies.

Cater contends in her suit that she contacted Cuomo's office at least six times to report the sexual abuse, yet his office did nothing.

David also said Cater stopped cooperating while the Inspector General's Office was investigating the complaint. Cater claimed Ms. VanDoren dismissed her complaints and said, "What is that you want, money?"

Hoyt helped Cater secure an apartment and in February 2016 helped her get a job as a secretary in a $30,000-a-year position at an Erie County DMV office without her going through an application or interview process, according to the lawsuit. But he was praised by New York Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul on his way out.

The suit claims the "barrage" of "unwanted kisses, crotch-grabbing, stalking, and daily calls, emails and sexts continued for a year", the New York Post reported, until Cater found herself on "the brink of a nervous breakdown", according to court papers.

Cater, but "these new allegations are totally inconsistent with her original story and contradicted by her own email and text message correspondence".

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In November 2015 Hoyt allegedly "showed up unexpectedly", at Cater's apartment and "unlawfully groped" and kissed her, leaving her in "a state of shock".

"He hung this job over my head", Cater told The Post in her first on-the-record interview.

Cater said she broke the confidentiality agreement when she saw "Cuomo officials tossing public bouquets at a man who had ruined her life", according to the Post. Cater contends in the complaint that she was "not mentally fit" to sign such an agreement but that "Hoyt forced her to" for fear of permanently losing her job and possibly being blackballed. Cater reported a complaint regarding Mr. ‎Hoyt...it was immediately referred to the State Employee Relations Office for an investigation.

Alphonso David, the Counsel to the Governor had this to say.

A former aide to Gov. Cuomo accused of sexual harassment had a "consensual" relationship with the alleged victim, the man's lawyer said Sunday. With the investigation still pending, Mr. Hoyt separated from state service. Mr. Hoyt did not supervise or work in the same agency as [THE PLAINTIFF].

Hoyt has also denied the allegations and will defend himself. "If she persists with this lawsuit, we will seek dismissal at the earliest stage".

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