Chinese-American Woman Assault Victim Subjected to Retaliation and Discrimination by NYCHA

Ms. Xiamin Zeng was cornered, threatened and sexually assaulted at her workplace, New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA)’s LaGuardia Houses on September 8, 2016 by Christopher Ambrose a white hispanic male, age 36. An anonymous source tells me that this same individual, a resident of LaGuardia Houses, also sexually assaulted two Black women prior to the assault on Ms. Zeng.

In fact, NYCHA knew that the LaGuardia Houses were a hotspot of assault and sexual violence of NYCHA workers where employees never worked alone. Despite that, a NYCHA Supervisor, Alex Rodriguez, sent Ms. Zeng to work at this location alone, even after her numerous objections. After Ms. Zeng requested time off to go to a court hearing regarding her child, Mr. Rodriguez responded by saying, “fuck your child,” and “fuck your son.” Several of her Black coworkers even called her “fucking Asian,” “fucking yellow Asian” and “fucking stupid bitch.”

Ms. Zeng asked to be transferred and NYCHA responded by stating that she could transfer to Rutgers Houses, the building next to where Ambrose lives, or be terminated. She refused and NYCHA let her go.

In addition, Ms. Zeng’s supervisors at NYCHA called her a “Fucking Yellow Bitch,” denied her sick days to go to the doctor or to attend a mandated court hearing related to her domestic violence matter, and had her work in the cold with no coat and gave her more work than her non-Asian co-workers.

After Ms. Zeng reported this behavior, her supervisors retaliated by making her work longer hours. Ms. Zeng asked to be transferred and NYCHA responded by stating that she could transfer to Rutgers Houses, the building next to where Ambrose lives, or be terminated. She refused and NYCHA let her go.

As a consequence, Ms. Zeng suffers from PTSD and dizzness and has been admitted to the ER several times.

Ms. Zeng has filed multiple Federal lawsuits against city agencies and, according to an anonymous source, has been threatened to dismiss these suites.

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