The owner of bus company Tyce Transportation in Irvington has been ordered to pay a former employee $258,568 after a Division on Civil Rights investigation found that he had sexually harassed her, and then fired her in retaliation for filing a formal complaint against him.
Curtis Horn hired the woman, who was not identified, as a school bus aide in November 2010 and fired her on Nov. 1, 2012, 10 days after she filed a complaint against Horn with the DCR.
In his employ, she endured verbal and physical sexual harassment, including comments that she “would look good in his bed.” He also lured her into his office, the investigation found, and started kissing her after locking the door. He refused to unlock the door until he heard someone approaching, the investigation found.
Horn is to pay the woman $258,568 for emotional distress and lost wages, and must pay the state’s investigative costs and a statutory penalty to the tune of $37,870.
Altogether, he must pay $296,438.
“For far too long, people have considered sexual harassment to be ‘business as usual.’ It’s not,” said DCR Director Rachel Wainer Apter in a statement. “No one should have to accept harassment as an everyday part of his or her job, and we are here to ensure that no one will have to.”
Tyce Transportation and any businesses associated with Horn must now develop an anti-discrimination and anti-harassment policy that is consistent with the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, and undergo LAD training. Tyce and Horn must also report any discrimination or harassment complaints to the DCR for the next three years.
A telephone number associated with Tyce Transportation is out of service. Horn could not be reached for comment.