Former Middle Village principal named one of America’s worst bosses
by Chase Collum
Jan 07, 2015 | 15205 views | 15 15 comments | 70 70 recommendations | email to a friend | print
According to national watchdog group eBossWatch, former Public School 49 Principal Anthony Lombardi was one of America’s worst bosses in 2014.

Ranked at number 65 in the seventh iteration of the eBossWatch 100 Worst Bosses List, Lombardi was included for his part in a lawsuit settled by the city for $115,000, according to the organization’s founder and CEO Asher Adelman.

“In this case, you have someone, a school principal who was accused of sexual harassment,” Adelman said. “The teacher filed a lawsuit, the principal abruptly resigned, and the school district settled a lawsuit for over $100,000. I certainly wouldn’t consider someone like that a good manager.”

According to Lombardi, he did not resign after his lawsuit came to light. Rather, he filed for his retirement shortly before the lawsuit was introduced. Lombardi said he felt his inclusion on the list is “just craziness.”

“I was nominated by Joel Klein to be the CEO of Leadership Academy, I teach at Columbia,” Lombardi said. “I can’t fight the press and I can’t fight rumors. Hopefully the things I did over 17 years – trying to improve my school and trying to improve programs for teachers – will be the way I’m remembered.”

None of this is taken into account by eBossWatch, which doesn’t perform industry specific evaluations of their subjects, but rather commissions a panel of generalized workplace experts to comb through publicly available data to determine who they believe to be the worst bosses in the country.

This year’s panel included psychotherapist Linnda Durre; founder of the People Group Kevin Kennemer; founder of Civility Partners Catherine Mattice; respectful workplace solutions expert Erica Pinsky; organizational consultant Marilyn Veincentotzs; and co-founder of the National Workplace Bullying Coalition Beverly Peterson.

While many factors contribute to their final decision, the experts make personal contact with neither the potential candidates on their list, nor those who have complained about them.

“We go through the cases that have made headlines and workplace harassment cases that have been filed throughout the country,” Adelman explained. “Then, a panel of workplace experts goes through and ranks and gives a score to each candidate [using] publicly available material.”

In Lombardi’s opinion, the methods used by the eBossWatch panel are the tools of “poor journalism” based on “inadequate research, salacious headlines and innuendos.”

“If it was the United Federation of Teachers who put [the list] together, maybe I could understand and it might have some merit, because I fought adamantly against tenure,” he said, “but obviously this wasn’t researched at all.”

Adelman said the goal of eBossWatch, which he founded in 2007, is to provide transparency for job seekers and to help them avoid negative working environments.

“There are tens of millions of cases of workplace harassment and abuse every year. We started the America’s Worst Bosses list to highlight the more extreme cases,” Adelman said. “Employers and bosses should know there’s going to be ramifications for abusive behaviors on employees.”

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Parent49
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February 27, 2015
Bravo well said, concerned female!
Bash who you now
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January 14, 2015
Still trying to figure out who you are talking about. Not the Mr. Lombardi that I met,that my son said was a good and fair man. Got railroaded.
real truth
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January 15, 2015
Clearly your son never worked for him.
Someone who knows
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January 13, 2015
The think about Lombardi is that he was all of these things that everyone is commenting on. He did a lot of good things for the school, yes, but he was also inappropriate and asked teachers personal questions about their relationship status. One part of him does not negate the other.
concerned citizen
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January 08, 2015
I know far more about this subject then you think.The way this man treated his staff was disgraceful.His mangement style was that of a bully.Because he was feared by his staff doesnt mean they supported him.One teacher finally stood up to him and this cost the City of New York over $100,000 that other wise could have been used to educate our children.His behavior would seem more appropriate for a night club then a school.We are far better off with the new professional leadership at this school..
MJMRA
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January 08, 2015
The man was a beacon of light in an otherwise byzantium system where incompetence was rewarded. He demanded performance from his staff...as any boss should and was loved by the student body and the overwhelming majority of teachers and parents.

His leadership turned that school iinto such a desireable education center that the real estate values of the community it served was enhanced just given the want for parents to have their children attend.
concerned citizen
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January 08, 2015
A becon of light?Please.The man was a bully bereft of basic social skills.This becon cost us $100,000.Real expensive light.pftt.
MV parent
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January 08, 2015
Please do not judge until you know the full story,

Mr Lombardi did a great job as principal and made the school one of the best in Queens. One teacher out of a hundred should not tarnish a great reputation. No matter how great you are, their will always be that one who will go against you.
Concerned husband
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January 07, 2015
This man is nothing short of a piece of scum. His attempt to control the mostly women who worked for him was disgusting. Everything from asking if they are going to get pregnant anytime soon to sexual comments. If you did not conform to what he wanted to hear from you you became an out cast. He used every bit of his much enjoyed power to punish, abuse and lie about his teachers in order to get his way. He has gotten everything he deserves. I am glad he spends the rest of his life with this following him. Rot in hell asshole!! As you were told "you got yours!!"
jkgtyyv
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January 07, 2015
He will be missed.Not.Could he have quit before wasting $110000 of tax money.
former employee
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January 07, 2015
I worked for Mr. Lombardi for many years and it is ridiculous that one allegation made by a disgruntled employee would cast a shadow over his legacy. He was an extremely hard working intelligent principal who's main focus was the students
Concerned Parent
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January 08, 2015
Every dog has their day! Karma....
August Saccoccio
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January 08, 2015
Mr Lombardi became Principal during my tenor as Deputy Superintendent in District 24. He came to PS 49 with high expectations, innovative ideas, and always placed the focus on children. He set the educational goals and required all staff members set their core lessons on achieving those goals. The cry in education today is accountability, he believed in that concept from the first day of his tenor as Principal.

My visits to PS 49, on occasion unannounced, were always met with positive feelings, as well as, excitement in the educational environment that had been established. The children and staff respected and admired him and parents had nothing but praise for what Mr Lombardi was trying to achieve.

I find it a shame that as a strong advocate for education, a disgruntled employee can place a person of this caliber in poor light.

Concerned female
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February 06, 2015
In reply to August

Please do not group all the teachers as respecting this man. I am sure if you would have sat down with a female employee, you would have heard something a little different, especially if the teacher was young and pretty. PS 49 was a good school and continues to be a good school. A principal does not need to constantly put himself in the paper to prove he/she runs a school well.

Also, if you were the one responsible for getting his foot in the door at 49, then bravo! Pat yourself on the back. I'm sure it's better than getting an unwelcomed pat on the @$$.
MVVV
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March 26, 2015
Hmm...for many years you say. I wonder if you're one of the hags he had a special relationship with.