Mary MuellerDec 7, 2017, 8:05 pmDec 8, 2017, 12:50 pm

Clarkstown school employee claims district retaliated against him for whistleblowing

Carlos Martinez says that the district punished against him for blowing the whistle on an alleged sexual assault at the school


CLARKSTOWN — Carlos Martinez says he wants justice.

"I think they tried to push me out, little by little," he says.

Last week, Martinez filed a lawsuit against the Clarkstown Central School District and top staffers. Martinez works for Clarkstown High School North as a security aide, but is currently off the job, recieving workman's compensation. He claims the district retaliated against him for the last three years for blowing the whistle on an alleged sexual assault at the school.

"And I helped her report it to her superiors as well as the school district," Martinez said.

FiOS1 News spoke exclusively with the victim, who independently confirmed the story.

The victim said that in 2014, a security aide touched her inappropriately on two separate occasions. The lawsuit alleges that after she came forward, that same security aide touched a female student inappropriately. Then, Martinez says, in May, the aide was suspended for 30 days, possibly due to the alleged incident.

But in the next school year in 2015, Martinez says that he was the one who was transferred to Clarkstown North and the alleged abuser was back on the job at Clarkstown South.

Meanwhile, Martinez was not allowed on the campus at South, where his son takes classes.

Martinez, a 9/11 first responder, used to go to checkups to help prevent 9/11-related illnesses. says that in 2015 the school district no longer allowed him to leave an hour early with advance notice and no pay to make it to the doctor. He claims the school forced him to use sick days for his appointments and when he took too many, he says he was threatened to be written up. As a result, he says he missed five appointments at the 9/11 clinic, and lost his spot for treatment.

After being written up for abusing sick time in 2017, Martinez says he decided to file a lawsuit.

"We would also like to see if we can resolve this where he can go to his medical appointments and go back to the school where he received wonderful reviews," said Stephen Barry, Martinez's attorney.

Martinez's attorney would not say how much he's seeking, but said it is a 6-figure amount.



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