- Tova Noel, 35, has been sued for assault at her new job at Montefiore Einstein Advanced Care in Westchester by co-worker Mayda Roman, 52
- Noel allegedly punched the victim in her left arm ‘very hard’ after she was interrupted and Roman later ‘became extremely anxious and afraid of Noel’
- The lawsuit adds that Noel ‘put her hands on’ on Roman again last month and ‘forcefully pulled’ Roman’s ear, ‘got in her face and bellowed, “You don’t listen!”‘
A former federal prison officer who ‘slept and browsed the internet’ while guarding pedophile Jeffrey Epstein on the night he killed himself in jail is accused of attacking a colleague at her new job.
Tova Noel, 35, was arrested for lying on prison records to make it seem as though she had made the required checks on the disgraced financier before he was found dead in his cell at the Metropolitan Correction Center in Manhattan in August 2019.
Epstein, who was awaiting trial on federal sex-trafficking charges, killed himself just 15 feet from the prison guards’ desk and the two cameras outside his cell malfunctioned.
Noel agreed to a plea deal two years ago in order to avoid prison time and started a new job as a medical office assistant at Montefiore Einstein Advanced Care in Westchester.
But her co-worker Mayda Roman, 52, is suing her for assault, according to court papers filed in Westchester County Supreme Court on Friday seen by The New York Post. She is seeking unspecified damages.
Noel started her new role in September and office medical assistant Roman was in charge of training her and the pair immediately clashed.
During her first week, the former prison guard ‘became irate’ at Roman, who takes medication for ADHD and is prone to interrupting, the court documents state.
Noel allegedly punched the victim in her left arm ‘very hard’ after she was interrupted.
Roman later ‘became extremely anxious and afraid of Noel’, according to the lawsuit.
It adds that Noel ‘put her hands on’ on Roman again last month and ‘forcefully pulled’ Roman’s ear, ‘got in her face and bellowed, “You don’t listen!” in front of coworkers’.
However, the incidents were not caught on surveillance cameras in the medical facility as they ‘were not functioning’, the lawsuit alleges.
Noel, who is black, is said to have ‘falsely accused’ Roman, who is Hispanic, of being racist because she asked for the race of a new patient as she is required to do in her role.
Both women met with human resources on October 18 which is where Roman brought up the physical abuse.
But company officials suspended her and fired her a week later while Noel is still employed.
‘I don’t like problems and I really did like the job,’ she said before calling Noel a ‘bully’ and a ‘liar’.
Roman added that she did not who Noel was until she got fired and she searched her name on the internet.
‘My client is a hard-working mom who didn’t deserve this,’ her attorney, Christopher Berlingieri said.
Noel admitted to falsifying records after Epstein’s death and a judge in Manhattan ordered the criminal charges against her and second security guard Michael Thomas to be dropped.
The pair were supposed to check on Epstein every 30 minutes but did online shopping and took breaks instead.
DailyMail.com has contacted Noel, Roman and Montefiore Einstein Advance Care for comment.