MTA bus driver’s career skids out after sexual harassment claims

A macho MTA bus driver is in legal hot water because he likes to pick up women on the job, literally.

Elvin Vega is being sued for sexual harassment by a female bus driver he lifted over his head on an empty B20 bus in Brooklyn to show off his strength — and performed a power squat with the woman mounted on his shoulder and clutching the ceiling handrails in terror.

Vega, 45, pulled the clean and jerky routine on Monet Daniels on March 10, 2015, when he was supposed to be training her, according to the suit filed in Brooklyn Federal Court.

Daniels, who went on to graduate to full-fledged bus operator, immediately reported the incident to a supervisor. The bizarre incident was recorded on the vehicle’s surveillance camera.

Vega was found guilty of inappropriate conduct and suspended without pay for about six months. The MTA wanted him fired.

Another bus driver testified at Vega’s disciplinary hearing that he had hoisted her in the air too, at the Fresh Pond Road depot, but she didn’t feel disrespected.

Vega asked a fellow driver's height and weight in order to put the moves on her, the suit claims.

Vega asked a fellow driver’s height and weight in order to put the moves on her, the suit claims.


Questioned about the action on the video, Vega pulled a classic Ralph Kramden “homina, homina, homina,” response, claiming that Daniels did not seem to mind being treated like a human barbell.

Vega put the moves on Daniels by asking her height and weight, according to the suit. She is 5-foot-2 and was 118 pounds at the time.

“He said, ‘Hold your arms out … and the next thing I know I’m up in the air,” Daniels recounted at the hearing. “I didn’t know he was going to scoop me from under my arms. He put me down and said, ‘Oh you’re light.’ (He) made me feel uncomfortable.”

The suit states that Vega’s hands brushed against Daniels’ breasts and when he lowered her down she felt his penis as she slid down his body.

Vega could not be reached and an MTA spokeswoman did not respond to a request for comment.

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