‘Jersey Shore’ star Angelina Pivarnick hounded for sex by FDNY boss: suit
A “Jersey Shore” star turned-Staten Island EMT was hounded for sex and groped by one of her supervisors — and pestered by another boss about how many guys she’d slept with on the hit MTV show, she alleges in a new federal lawsuit.
Angelina Pivarnick, 33, claims Lt. Jonathan Schechter sexually harassed her while she was at the EMS’ Rossville Station on Staten Island in 2017 and 2018 — and that she was punished when she spoke up, according to her complaint filed Monday in Brooklyn federal court.
“Schechter incessantly subjected Pivarnick to unwelcome sexual advances, as well as comments about her body and physical appearance,” including in a slew of lewd text messages, the suit states.
“Your ass is amazing and I wish I wasn’t working or in uniform because I definitely would’ve kissed those amazing lips,” the suit claims he texted her in September 2017.
On May 2, 2018, Schechter then allegedly “grabbed and squeezed her buttock” in a parking lot outside the station and “made contact with her vaginal area.”
The former contestant on VH1’s “Couples Therapy” “made it clear” that Schechter should never touch her, but later that day he allegedly texted: “That ass! If you only knew the thoughts I had in my mind,” the suit says.
When she wasn’t friendly to him, he put her on cleanup duty or other bad assignments, the suit claims.
Meanwhile, Lt. David Rudnitzky — who is not named as a defendant in the suit — “apparently believed that he could speak to Pivarnick at work in sexually graphic and vulgar terms” because she appeared on episodes of a new “Jersey Shore” season in 2018.
“How many guys on ‘Jersey Shore’ have you f–ked?,” he asked in March 2018, the suit claims.
He also allegedly asked Pivarnick if she “f–ked [her] man” on another occasion and cautioned her on the job: “Make sure no f–king today.”
Pivarnick claims she filed Equal Employment Opportunity complaints against both men and was told by the FDNY’s EEO Office that they were “credible.”
However, it’s unclear what, if any, disciplinary action was taken against the lieutenants.
And Pivarnick claims she was retaliated against for filing the complaints by other brass at the station, including threats of reassignment and being denied her preferred shifts.
New York City Law Department spokesman Nicholas Paolucci said the agency would review the case.
The FDNY referred questions back to the Law Department. Schechter and Rudnitzky couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.
A woman who answered the door at Schechter’s Staten Island home gripped that Pivarnick making a “me too thing” by pursuing legal action.
“So she’ll hear from out lawyers,” said the woman, who declined to identify herself.
In a statement to The Post, Pivarnick said: “It should go without saying that what I experienced has nothing to do with television or entertainment.”
“Like all women, I am entitled to be treated with dignity and respect at work,” she said. “And I should not have to accept unwanted sexual advances, crude comments about my body or physical assault.”
Additional reporting by Alex Taylor and Tina Moore
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