Lawsuit details alleged sexual harassment by Supreme Court Justice against secretary from 2005-2019

A woman who said she was employed as a secretary to former Judge Matthew Rosenbaum from 2005 to 2019 has filed a lawsuit against him for sexual abuse.

Judge Rosenbaum abruptly resigned from his position in 2019.

The victim alleges that Rosenbaum raped her and compelled her to perform oral sex when she did not want to.

She also alleges that her complaints to supervisors, human resources, and state watchdog agencies went ignored.

The claim said that the judge said these sexual acts were a part of her job and would use custody of her child as leverage against her.

Rosenbaum and his attorney, David Rothenberg, have made no comment.

The victim said that the former judge continued to have unwanted physical contact after she said she would no longer comply with his demands, and that he sometimes did it in the presence of others.

At one point the victim claims that another Supreme Court justice went as far as saying women needed to deal with sexual harassment from male judges because there’s no way for the to be reprimanded.

Rosembaum’s resignation came soon after his re-election in 2019 when the Office of Court Administration became aware of allegations regarding his conduct. The claims touched on the sexual harassment and said he created a hostile work environment.

Rosenbaum agreed to resign and never seek a judicial position again, and the Court Administration ended their authority at that point.

The agencies could have forwarded anything about the case to the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office to pursue criminal charges, but a spokesman for District Attorney Sandra Doorley said that has not happened yet.

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