Category Archives: age discrimination

Jefferson County administrator fired following discrimination lawsuits

The three commissioners of Colorado’s Jefferson County unanimously voted to fire county admininstrator Jim Moore after he and the county were sued for age- and sex-discrimination by two former employees.

Settling the lawsuits has cost the county $766,000.  The former employees, Judy Goebel and Jerelyn Bower, claimed that Moore created a hostile work environment and then fired them in 2007 because of their age and gender.

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Hostile work envrionment complaints filed against Pierce County Assessor-Treasurer Dale Washam

Washington State’s Pierce County is investigating six complaints filed by employees against Assessor-Treasurer Dale Washam that claim he has abused his authority, wasted public money, and created a hostile work environment.

The complaints include two that accused Washam of discrimination, retaliation, and unfair labor practices.

Administrative officer Sally Barnes accused the assessor-treasurer of discriminating against her because of her age and gender and retaliating against her for complaining about religious references that Washam made at the office.

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Newspaper apparently settles $15 million workplace bullying lawsuit

There are reports that former Asheville Citizen-Times Editor Susan Ihne has settled her $15 million wrongful termination lawsuit against newspaper Publisher Randy Hammer and the newspaper’s parent company, Gannett Co.  The terms of the settlement haven’t been disclosed.

The lawsuit, filed by Susan Ihne in December 2008, claimed that she suffered from workplace bullying while working with Randy Hammer.  Ihne claimed that Hammer began bullying and harassing her shortly after he started working at the newspaper in october 2007. 

The lawsuit stated “that this harassment and bullying consisted of yelling and raising his voice at the Plaintiff, belittling and degrading her on the job, and misusing his power in a calculated effort to destroy her self-confidence and get her to resign from her job.”

Ihne also claimed that Hammer threatened to fire her and ordered her not to contact corporate headquarters concerning him.  Hammer “created a hostile work environment by his abusive conduct,” according to the lawsuit.

Ihne informed Gannett’s upper management about Hammer’s harassment and abusive conduct, but she claimed that Gannett failed to take action.  Furthermore, the lawsuit stated that Ihne was fired in May 2008, and Ihne claimed that the termination was “due to age discrimination and sex discrimination.”

Ihne joined the Citizen-Times in October 2005.  In a 27-year career with Gannett, Ihne worked for a number of newspapers as a reporter and manager. She was awarded the Gannett’s top honor for an editor — a President’s Ring — in 1999 and again in 2005.

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