‘Nobody Tells Daddy No’: A Housing Boss’s Many Abuse Cases


Women who have worked for Mr. Rivera have also dealt with gross remarks, frequent sexual innuendo and, in one case, assault, according to records and interviews with dozens of former employees.

For a while, a nonprofit employee named Danielle Dawson was romantically involved with Mr. Rivera until she broke it off, according to a police report and interviews with her employees. On December 22, 2016, after the relationship ended, Mr. Rivera turned to Ms. Dawson at an animal shelter where she worked and asked her to have sex. This is evident from the report she filed with the New York City Police Department.

When Ms. Dawson refused, Mr. Rivera slapped her face and said, according to the report, “Nobody says Dad no”. Then he forced her to give him oral sex. Ms. Dawson is ready to file charges, the report said, but it is unclear whether police ever investigated the incident further. Mr. Rivera has never been charged.

Police declined to answer questions about the allegation, but said the “NYPD takes sexual assault and rape cases extremely seriously.”

Following the incident, Mr. Rivera fired Ms. Dawson and asked her to file a complaint with the state about unlawful discrimination. This is evident from public records and interviews with her colleagues. In November 2017, the nonprofit paid her $ 45,000 to stop pursuing her. This resulted in a settlement agreement from The Times. It contained a provision that prevented her from speaking publicly about what had happened, said Brian Younger, a security officer she confided in at the time.

The next year, in 2018, Flora Montes, an administrative assistant for the Bronx Parent Housing Network, accused Mr. Rivera of sexual harassment and unsolicited touch. This resulted in a complaint she filed with the state and a draft of a Times-reviewed lawsuit. She said he repeatedly looked down her shirt, told her she was sexy, and stroked her hair and back.

When Ms. Montes was preparing to file a lawsuit in 2019, the nonprofit paid her a $ 130,000 settlement that included a non-degrading clause that the Times recorded prevented her from publicly targeting Mr. Rivera’s conduct to discuss.



Robert Dunfee