The Parks Department has kept on and even promoted ex-con Michael Palamar, 53, who collects an impressive $105,266 salary as a supervisor, despite his 2009 conviction for sexually abusing a woman while he was on the job and a manslaughter conviction in 1982.
He now faces even more allegations, including that he pressures young female trainees for sexual favors, which is why male co-workers call him a “pedophile,” according to a new lawsuit from one alleged victim, who says Palamar grabbed her thigh and nipple and regularly propositioned her between 2015 and 2017.
When Parks seasonal worker Pilar Taylor repeatedly complained about Palamar’s behavior, he boasted that department honchos would ignore her, her Manhattan Federal Court lawsuit charges.
Palamar, her boss, allegedly told Taylor the agency “cannot touch him,” adding “no one will believe a black girl from The Bronx and he has the city of New York Parks Department behind him,” she claims in court papers.
Once Taylor was hired full-time as a cleaner in 2015, Palamar was known for targeting young hires in the department’s job-training program, called JTPs, her complaint states.
Palamar crudely referred to them as “Just Temporary P—y,” according to Taylor’s lawsuit, which names the city, the department and Palamar.
Taylor says she walked in on one such trainee giving Palamar oral sex and when she reported it, a co-worker told her, “You have[n’t] seen nothing yet, he has three JTPs! The youngest [is] 19 years of age,” the suit says.
Palamar regularly asked Taylor for oral sex, she claims, and she repeatedly would not do so.
When Taylor sought out basic documents like an employee handbook or a copy of her contract to understand the details of her job, Palamar allegedly fused, dismissing her as “seasonal p—y.”
When she wanted information about better jobs within the department or career-advancement training, he told her, “Closed legs don’t get fed,” she alleges.
Bosses know about Palamar’s behavior but victims fearful of losing their jobs rarely speak out, one worker allegedly told Taylor.
At one point, Taylor allegedly found a manila envelope in her locker with a copy of a November 2013 New York Post article detailing the 2009 accusations against Palamar, and a handwritten note, “Back off you Black Bitch! You should have kept your mouth shut!”
She brought the article to a female supervisor, who tried to snatch it away from her, Taylor alleges in her lawsuit.
Palamar, who got promoted three years ago and has nearly doubled his 2013 salary of $56,988, has a long history of run-ins with the law, according to The New York Post.
In 1982, he broke into the Rosedale, Queens, home of his next-door neighbor, 83-year-old Morris Rosenhaft, who caught him, according to The New York Post.