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Claims: Raunchy parties featuring a stripper pole and female employees performing provocative dance moves are just a few of the antics at annual parties hosted by New York Parks Department supervisors
Raunchy parties featuring a stripper pole and female employees performing provocative dance moves are just a few of the alleged antics at annual parties hosted by New York Parks Department supervisors.
The Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations, dating back to 2009, were held in lower ground room at a city-owned facility on Randalls Island.
And female seasonal workers who got up on the pole were rewarded with additional work or permanent jobs, sources said. They were also given cash as they danced according to sources.
'If you want a job, get on the pole', one man is alleged to have shouted out according to one female worker at last year’s Christmas party.
The city Department of Investigation has launched a probe into the reported antics at the parties, reported the New York Daily News
Allegations: The Christmas and New Year¿s Eve celebrations, dating back to 2009, were held in lower ground room at a city-owned facility on Randalls Island
They include a woman’s allegation that a supervisor lifted her shirt and ran his tongue across her stomach before shoving his face in her crotch when they were alone in an elevator.
Another alleged incident was a supervisors sending sexually suggestive text message and inappropriate contact from supervisors, including a bra strap being snapped.
Parks and Recreation Department spokesman Arthur Pincus told The News that the two female workers were transferred at their request.
Dilcy Benn, is the president of District Council 37 Local 1505, the union that represents the workers who filed complaints.
Ms Benn said the women were not told directly to participate in the parties, but those who did take part were more likely to be offered jobs.
A female worker, who asked not to be identified told the news outlet: 'The men started demanding a lot more. They were like, ‘You want us to give you money, show us something.'
'And for the New Year’s party, it got really grabby. Some women stripped to their panties and bras, and men were slapping asses. It was out of control.'