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New York Teacher Files Suit Claiming She Was Fired For Rejecting Boss's Threesome Proposition

| by Allison Geller

A New York gym teacher claims she was fired for refusing to participate in a threesome with her female boss and her boyfriend.

Carisa Gaylardo, who worked as a probationary P.E. teacher at Riverdale/Kingsbridge Academy in the Bronx, is suing the school with the claim that she was given a poor rating and subsequently fired for turning down the untoward proposal, the New York Daily News reports.

Gaylardo, 30, claims that Sofia Memos, 41, a tenured gym teacher at the school, suggested “by text message and in person to engage in an inappropriate romantic and salacious relationship with her and her boyfriend.”

She claims that Memos got back at her for saying “no” by claiming that Gaylardo had a “flirtatious” relationship with a student. The allegations came a month after Gaylardo “had rejected her advances,” the lawsuit states, and began a Department of Education investigation that ended Gaylardo’s six-year career.

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The probe found that Gaylardo and the teen, who she was mentoring, had indeed exchanged 1,000 text messages between the months of February and March 2013. But Gaylardo said the messages were simply advice about balancing sports and school.  

The teen also testified that there was nothing inappropriate about the relationship, in an affidavit filed on Gaylardo’s behalf.

“It is wrong that such a good person . . . is suffering simply for helping me with my struggles,” the 17-year-old wrote.

“There are only positive things that I can say about Ms. Gaylardo,” the girl’s mom, Kefser Rugova, wrote in her own affidavit.

“She has a strong ambition and a caring heart and taught my daughter to be strong.”

Memos complaint against Gaylardo claimed that the relationship between the two made her “uncomfortable.”

“Gaylardo’s unprofessionalism has only encouraged it by allowing (the student) to come into our office on many occasions to just chat. I have witnessed them giggling and laughing together many times,” the complaint said.

According to Gaylardo and her lawyers, the boss was bitter and seeking revenge.

An eight-grade student told the New York Daily News that she’d observed tension between the two teachers.

“They always had some attitude,” she said. “I never saw them get along.”

Sources: New York Daily News, New York Post