Mayor Accused of Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Retaliation

Guerline Alcy alleges sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation by Mayor Carlo DeMaria over 9 years of city hall employment.
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By Josh Resnek

A former city employee who began her career as an executive assistant in the mayor’s office has detailed 9 years of sexual harassment, racial discrimination and retaliation by Mayor Carlo DeMaria during her employment with the city of Everett.

During an emotional two and half hour interview in the backyard of her Everett home with her husband nearby on August 1, Guerline Alcy detailed a toxic work environment at Everett City Hall she claimed existed from the time she began city service in 2012 until she left in 2021.

Alcy said she was hurt by the experience. Why didn’t she come forward earlier? Alcy said she put up with repeated acts of sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation by
the mayor without going to authorities because she couldn’t afford to lose her job.

“I wish I told my husband earlier. I wish I made more noise. I was afraid to speak up. I’m not the only one afraid to speak up,” she said. “I couldn’t afford to lose my job.”

“I am not afraid any longer of speaking up,” she added

Cory McCarthy, the former chief equity officer for the Everett Public Schools, said he knew of Alcy’s situation.

“Often times Black women carry a burden that they sacrifice a lot to keep a job, and to maintain a certain level of resilience while dealing with other trauma that society has imposed upon them.

“I can confirm that upon meeting Councilor Gerly Adrien she shared these details (about Guerline) in confidence which drove me to be as aggressive as I was in my time in Everett not just for systemic equity for all but to address the inherent anti blackness perpetuated by a large percentage of the political figures in Everett including those who are of color,” he said.

Alcy detailed allegations of repeated incidents of sexual harassment inside the mayor’s office, in the elevator with him at city hall, and with telephone calls.

During 9 years of employment at city hall, she was passed over repeatedly for better jobs at higher pay despite an unblemished work record.

Alcy said she believed she was passed over for promotions and retaliated against for personal reasons by the mayor because she refused his advances and because of his purported discrimination against Black people.

Former city councilor Gerly Adrien said Alcy detailed to her the difficulties she experienced working for the mayor.

“I was Guerline’s confidante. She confided in me the goings on between her and Carlo in the mayor’s office. She was afraid to speak out. When the mayor doesn’t get what he wants, he puts you at the bottom of the barrel. Guerline was always loyal. She showed up every day and was treated in a bad way. The mayor is not fit for office,” Adrien said.

Alcy, 47, is married and the mother of 3 children. She is Haitian. She has lived in Everett for 28 years. She is presently a candidate for state representative running against the incumbent, Joseph McGonagle.

She was originally hired as an assistant to work inside the mayor’s third floor suite of offices at city hall in 2011.

She worked 8-5 every day. She was the public’s first contact when entering the mayor’s office. According to Alcy, she aided the office staff with bill payment, and correspondence.

She also met the public coming in to the mayor’s office to speak with him.

“I enjoyed the job. It was a time when the mayor didn’t want to be meeting with the public or to interact with the public,” she said.

“At this early time, the relationship between me and the mayor was good.”

She said that changed, and rather dramatically when casino negotiations began in earnest in 2013.

“The mayor just wasn’t available at that time. He wasn’t there. I had to tell people wishing to meet with the mayor that he has meetings. You can’t see him,” Alcy said.

ISSUES

Alcy said part of the city hall culture was the implicit responsibility of city employees to attend the mayor’s political gatherings and to make contributions.

“The mayor asked me to make a contribution and to attend a political time early on during my employment,” she said. “I don’t have the money,” she said she told him.

“That’s OK,” the mayor instructed her. “Just show up if you don’t have the money to pay,”she added.

Alcy became increasingly at odds with herself listening to another of the mayor’s aids, Delores Lattanzi, talking to her and complaining about people working for the city who refused to contribute or who didn’t contribute enough.

“This made me very uncomfortable. Many employees gave political donations for fear of losing their jobs,” she said.

Alcy recounted a workday in September 2011 inside the mayor’s office.

“It was late, about 6:30 p.m. I was at my desk in the outside office on the third floor. I heard the mayor moving around in the kitchen. He called my name. I went into the kitchen. Standing a few feet away from him, he asked me how my family was. He asked how my day had been. You know. Small talk. Then he moved closer to me. We were nose to nose. He tried to kiss me. I stepped back. I asked him, ‘How can you do this to your wife?’”

Mayor DeMaria

The mayor took the rebuff in stride, she said during her interview.

“Let’s keep this between us,” he said. “I left the office and went home.”

She said she was afraid to go to work after she rebuffed the mayor’s advances.

“When I got into the office the next day, the mayor acted like nothing happened,” she recalled.

Alcy revealed that former councilor Gerly Adrien served as her confidante, and that she detailed all the incidents with the mayor over the years to her.

Adrien was to the point about this.

“In regard to the mayor, he has in so many instances shown he is not fit for office,” Adrien
said.

About two weeks passed. Alcy was at her desk inside the mayor’s outer office suite. He called for her to come inside his corner office. It was after hours, again. Alcy said she often worked beyond the 5:00 p.m. finish of the day.

“We were the only two in the office. I rose from my desk. I walked into the mayor’s private office. The mayor was wearing his blue suit. We stared at one another momentarily. He stood up behind his desk. His pants and underwear were below his knees revealing his penis.

“I was shocked and horrified,” she said. “He pointed to his penis.”

“’Do you want to touch it? he asked.’”

“I ran out of his office. I went home,” she recalled.

The following day when she went to work, she said she was relieved when she arrived at the mayor’s suite on the third floor and walked inside.

“Thank God he wasn’t there,” she said.

In 2014, Alcy detailed an incident when she was visibly pregnant with her third child.

She was walking to work, as she tended to do. The mayor was driving up Broadway heading toward city hall. He pulled his car over. He opened the passenger side window.

“Can I give you a ride?” he asked.

Alcy recalled not wanting to get in the car. She said she resisted, telling the mayor she felt like walking.

“Come on. You look like you could use a ride,” the mayor insisted, Alcy claimed.

“In reality, I was feeling tired and weighted down. I got in the car. The short ride was uneventful. We traded small talk. When we arrived in the city hall parking lot, the mayor, she claims, made comments that made her feel uncomfortable.

“I can’t wait for you to drop this baby so I can see your sexy body again,” she recalled.

“I said nothing to the mayor. I got out of the car. I took the elevator up to the office,” she said.

Again, Alcy repeated: “I needed my job. I could not afford to lose my job. If I reported him, he would have retaliated against me.”

Alcy described an incident in 2016. She detailed receiving a call at city hall in the morning from the mayor when she was at work.

“My wife isn’t home. Can you bring me some coffee (to my house)?” she said the mayor asked her.

“I refused to do it,” she answered.

During Alcy’s 9 year tenure at city hall, she applied for four assistant’s positions.

Alcy holds an associates degree in legal studies from North Shore Community College. She also took courses at the New England College of Finance. For 8 years before she came to work for the city she was employed by Wachovia, the financial district investment firm in Boston.

At Everett City Hall, she applied for and was rejected for an assistant Voters Registration position.

She later applied for an assistant’s position on the Planning Board. She was rejected for that
position.

Finally, she applied for the position of Assistant City Clerk but was rejected for that position. An application and employment effort to become an assistant in the city’s Human Resources Department also failed.

Gerly adrien

According to former councilor Adrien, she interceded on behalf of Alcy with city officials because she was qualified, but to no avail.

Alcy claims after she told Mayor DeMaria that she had applied at Encore Boston Harbor
she was rejected following four interviews.

“I had great interviews. I told the mayor. Then everything just came to a stop for no apparent reason,” she said.

Sometime in 2020 she detailed an incident that took place inside city hall when she was working for the 311 telephone emergency service line in its first floor offices.

“It was the morning. The mayor came in to city hall. He poked his head into the office by the front door.

“Can I steal her for a minute?” the mayor asked her boss.

“Bring a pad and pen, please,” the mayor told Alcy.

They both walked into the elevator. The mayor pressed 3. The elevator began moving upward.

“The mayor pressed the stop button,” she recounted.

“He came closer to me.”

“He tried to kiss me.”

“I stepped back from him.”

“I’ll tell your wife if you don’t stop,” she warned him.

They both exited the elevator on the third floor and walked separately into the mayor’s suite of offices.

Right before the pandemic shut down Everett City Hall (and the mayor flew off to Aruba), she detailed an incident when the mayor called out to her.

“Hey Guerline. You’ve stopped being my friend. I miss seeing your sexy rosy self,” Alcy alleges.

Alcy was ultimately transferred to the 311 office which is located near to the main desk on the first floor of city hall.

“I became the only Black face that met the public when I started in there. I took care of individuals seeking help. The mayor complained that I wasn’t doing my job. He retaliated against me for spending too much time with some people he didn’t consider worthy of my help. He made up stories that I wasn’t doing my job.”

When Alcy would arrive in the morning to take her desk position inside the 311 office, “I’d go in. Everyone would stop talking,” she said.

“That was it. I was done. I resigned. I should have reported each advance. I was afraid to speak up. I am afraid of retaliation by the mayor to this day,” she revealed.

“People are afraid to speak up. Many women working at city hall have a story about the mayor,” she claimed.

“Like me, they remain quiet. They are afraid. They don’t want to lose their jobs,” she said.

The Leader Herald reached out to Mayor DeMaria for comments on the allegations included in this article.

The mayor did not respond.

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