Highway Safety Officer Matthew Schindler, 39, committed suicide last year after his sex-crazed supervisor demanded he sleep with her or watch his career suffer. The officer’s surviving spouse, Gina Schindler, has filed a lawsuit claiming that her husband believed he would suffer tangible detriment in his job, job assignments, working conditions and future prospects if he did not submit to the sexual advances. Matthew Schindler, father of three, was having an affair with his supervisor at Queens’ 115th Precinct, Sgt. Christine Hirtzel. According to the lawsuit filed last week by his betrayed wife, Gina Schindler, the 14-year veteran of the force “believed he could not escape the continuing sexual advances and demands of (Hirtzel),” the suit claims. Gina Schindler is seeking an unspecified amount of damages for the alleged sexual harassment and violation of her husband’s civil rights. Full article.

Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination. Sexual harassment is the unwelcome verbal, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature that is severe or pervasive and affects working conditions or creates a hostile work environment. There are laws against such unwanted sexual harassment that are designed to protect employees from their bosses, co-workers, or customers at work. Sexual harassment is not limited to one gender. It applies to both men and women. Sexual harassment can be harassment from a person of the same or the opposite sex.

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