Category Archives: discrimination

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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North Pole councilwoman resigns amid hostile work environment complaints

The Councilwoman of North Pole City in Alaska, Victoria Thompson, announced her resignation after a number of employees complained that she created a hostile work environment at City Hall. 

Thompson apparently resigned in order to protect the municipality from potential discrimination and harassment lawsuits from the complaintants, who claimed that Thompson often made inappropriate comments to employees, pounded her fists on tables, and spread rumors around the workplace.

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David Letterman accused of sexual harassment and creating hostile work environment

Nell Scovell, a former writer for the Late Night with David Letterman show, wrote an article that was published today in Vanity Fair about her experience working with David Letterman

She mentioned the fact that the section of sexual harassment law called sexual favoritism that, according to the EEOC, can lead to a hostile work environment that is often “demeaning to women,” accurately describes her experience working with Letterman on the Late Night show.

Though Scovell accused David Letterman of sexual harassment and creating a hostile work environment, she apparently is not interested in filing a lawsuit nor does she want to be compensated for Letterman’s discriminatory behavior.

The following is an excerpt from Scovell’s article:

Without naming names or digging up decades-old dirt, let’s address the pertinent questions. Did Dave hit on me? No. Did he pay me enough extra attention that it was noted by another writer? Yes. Was I aware of rumors that Dave was having sexual relationships with female staffers? Yes. Was I aware that other high-level male employees were having sexual relationships with female staffers? Yes. Did these female staffers have access to information and wield power disproportionate to their job titles? Yes. Did that create a hostile work environment? Yes. Did I believe these female staffers were benefiting professionally from their personal relationships? Yes. Did that make me feel demeaned? Completely. Did I say anything at the time? Sadly, no.

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St. Louis Rams Pays $134,000 to Settle Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

The EEOC announced that the St. Louis Rams has agreed to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit that was filed against the NFL team for firing a veteran trainer, Ron DuBuque, because he has epilepsy.

The Rams will pay $134,000 to settle the lawsuit and has agreed to employ DuBuque as a Rehabilitation Specialist for two years.  DuBuque had been an assistant trainer with the Rams for 11 years before he was fired, and he had been diagnosed with epilepsy years before he started working for the NFL team.

EEOC Acting Chairman Stuart J. Ishimaru said, “As this case and many others show, disability does not mean inability.  All employers should make workplace decisions based on merit and qualifications to do the job, rather than on myths, fears, or stereotypes associated with a person’s disability.”

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Sears pays $6.2 million to settle discrimination lawsuit

Sears agreed to pay $6.2 million to a former employee who accussed the retailer of workplace discriminationJohn Bava, who worked for Sears as a service technician, was injured on the job and took workers’ compensation leave. 

Although Bava remained disabled, he repeatedly tried to return to work, but Sears chose instead to fire him when his leave expired.

The EEOC also discovered hundreds of instances of other employees who had been fired by Sears after taking workers’ compensation leave instead of trying to help them return to their jobs or find suitable alternative jobs at Sears.

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Hillary Clinton sued by employee for age discrimination

Elizabeth Colton, a 64-year-old Foreign Service Officer, has filed an age discrimination lawsuit against her boss, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

After being offered a position at the U.S. Embassy in Algiers, Algeria, Colton was shocked when she was informed by the State Department that her job offer was being rescinded because she was only one year away from the mandatory retirement age of 65.

Ironically, Clinton is only two years younger than Colton, but the State Department mandatory retirement rule does not apply to political appointees.  Colton’s lawyer commented, “Imagine if someone told Hillary Clinton she couldn’t be secretary of state because she would turn 65 before her term is up.”

Source: Washington Post

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JPMorgan Chase Faces Hostile Work Environment Lawsuit

The Columbus, Ohio branch of JPMorgan Chase faces a sexual discrimination, wage discrimination, and hostile work environment lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of Aimee Doneyhue, a former JPMorgan Chase home mortgage consultant.

The company allegedly failed to correct the problem once Doneyhue complained about the workplace bullying to the JPMorgan Chase human resources department.  Doneyhue claims that the company chose to fire her instead.

Among the other things, the lawsuit seeks back pay, bonuses and the rehiring of Doneyhue and other women who were fired due to discrimination.

Source: 10TV News

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