Daily Archives: October 23, 2009

Woman who filed sexual harassment lawsuit killed in house fire

Bianca Wisniewski Kuros, 44, was killed on Saturday when a fire engulfed her Queens, NY apartment, just two days before the first court hearing in her $20 million sexual harassment lawsuit.  One of Kuros’ two teenage daughters and two men in their 50s were critically injured in the fire, according to fire department officials.

Kuros’ attorney said that her sexual harassment lawsuit, which was filed in July against JPMorgan Chase, Total Safety Consulting, and a male coworker will continue despite her death.

The lawsuit alleges that Kuros was sexually propositioned, groped, and subjected to lewd comments by Steve Greco, an elevator engineer, on a Park Avenue construction site owned by JPMorgan Chase.

Kuros was then replaced as safety inspector in November 2007 after she complained to supervisors about Greco’s harassment and her hostile work environment.

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Male bartender sues female manager for sexual harassment

An American Legion post in Wheaton, Minnesota, has agreed to pay former bartender Billy Lambert $10,000 after he complained that Cindy Iverson, a female kitchen manager, grabbed his groin and sexually propositioned him.

Lambert complained to his supervisor about the incident, but his claims were not investigated.  After developing ulcers and suffering from nightmares and depression for several months following the harassment, Lambert quit his position.

The Minnesota Department of Human Rights said Lambert was sexually harassed and subjected to an offensive and hostile work environment as a result of Iverson’s behavior.

Out of 13,867 sexual harassment complaints submitted to the EEOC in 2008, 15.9 percent were filed by men.

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