2014 wasn’t a great year for former New York State assemblyman and noted sleazeball Dennis Gabryszak.
The year started with a bang when, in January, the former legislator for the 143rd District stepped down from his post. Why? Because seven pesky staffers had sued him for sexual harassment in 2013. Among other things, he was accused of stealing an employee’s car keys to lure her back to his apartment, sending out a truly bizarre video of himself on the toilet, and telling an employee he wanted to “lick” her after she spilled her mocha.
In December, to bookend Gabryszak’s unfortunate year, he received an additional lump of coal in the form of a spot on the employer rating and workplace advocacy site’s annual rundown of the 100 Worst Bosses in America.
The list is selected by a team of five workplace and human resources experts, including a psychotherapist and the co-founder of the National Workplace Bullying Coalition.
EBossWatch founder Asher Adelman says the panelists look at the year’s workplace court proceedings and media storms to find cases of interest. Then they rank “the most egregious cases of workplace harassment and discrimination.”
The list “sends a message to bosses that there will be ramifications for this kind of behavior, and informs employees suffering from a bad boss that they’re not alone,” Adelman says.
On the bright side, Gabryszak can feel joy knowing he’s joined on the list by other pols across the country. Five current and former mayors, a city councilman, and a Wisconsin state rep also made the Top 100. And Gabryszak was joined by twelve other bosses in New York, which earned the dubious honor of having the most shady bosses on the list.
Terrence Connors, Gabryszak’s lawyer, hasn’t seen the list but insists the former assemblyman was not guilty of sexual harassment. “There was some activity that took place that in retrospect may have been inappropriate but did not rise to the level of sexual harassment.”
So don’t feel too bad for Gabryszak. After all, according to the Daily News, stepping down from office after 32 years of public service — Connors called it a “retirement” — means he can access his plum government pension plan, which will bring in an estimated $53,000 a year.