'Jersey Shore' star, who had stint as EMT, sues FDNY lieutenant for sexual harassment

David Caplan
September 18, 2019 - 2:52 pm

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- "Jersey Shore" star Angelina Pivarnick, who was an FDNY EMT following her initial stint on MTV show is suing her former FDNY supervisor for sexual harassment, according to court documents.

In a complaint filed Monday in Brooklyn federal court, the 33-year-old alleges that Lt. Jonathan Schecter, of the EMS Rossville Station 23 in Staten Island, pestered her for sex, made inappropriate comments about her appearance, and groped her, according to The New York Post

“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.

The suit claims he texted her in September 2017, "Your ass is amazing and I wish I wasn’t working or in uniform because I definitely would’ve kissed those amazing lips."

On May 2, 2018, Schechter allegedly “grabbed and squeezed her buttock” in a parking lot outside the station and “made contact with her vaginal area," according to the suit. 

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In the suit, Lt. David Rudnitsky, who is not named a defendant in the suit is alleged to have "apparently believed that he could speak to Pivarnick at work in sexually graphic and vulgar terms."

“How many guys on ‘Jersey Shore’ have you f*****?,” he asked in March 2018, the suit claims.

He also allegedly asked Pivarnick  if she “f***** [her> man” on another occasion and cautioned her on the job: “Make sure no f***** today.”

The suit also claims that Pivarnick was assigned low-level tasks, such as cleanup duty, when she was not friendly to him.

Pivarnick claims she filed Equal Employment Opportunity complaints against Schechter and Rudnitzky and was told by the FDNY’s EEO Office that they were “credible.”

A New York City Law Department spokesman said the agency would review the case, with the FDNY referring comment requests back to the Law Department. 

Pivarnick said in a statement to the New York Post, “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."