Category Archives: sex discrimination

Former employee sues Playboy for hostile work environment and discrimination

Jenny Lewis, the former Guest Relations Coordinator at the Playboy Mansion, has filed a lawsuit against Playboy Enterprises and Hugh Hefner after the company terminated her on November 4, 2009 while she was on medical leave recovering from surgery.

Lewis alleges that she was subjected to a hostile work environment at the Playboy Mansion for the past year.  In addition, she has accused her former bosses of gender discrimination for demoting several women while refusing to demote any of their male counterparts.

Lewis claims that her termination was unlawful under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act and that it happened in retaliation after she questioned practices that she thought might be violations of the Fair Employment and Housing Act.

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Outback Steakhouse pays $19 million to settle EEOC sexual discrimination lawsuit

OSI Restaurant Partners LLC, which operates the Outback Steakhouse chain, agreed to pay $19 million to settle a class-action sex discrimination lawsuit that charged the company with discriminating against thousands of women at hundreds of its Outback Steakhouse restaurants in the U.S.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed the lawsuit against the restaurant company in 2006 for allegedly denying female employees equal opportunities for advancement.

The lawsuit said the company made it difficult for female employees to be promoted to the higher-level profit-sharing management positions in the restaurants.  Female employees were also allegedly denied favorable job assignments.

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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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Brigham Hospital surgeon quits after being sued for sex discrimination

Dr. Arthur Day, chairman of the neurosurgery department at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, has announced that he will resign his position at the end of the month.

In December 2007, Day was sued by one of his employees, neurosurgeon Dr. Sagun Tuli, who alleged that Day subjected her to sex discrimination, a hostile work environment, and retaliation.  Tuli filed a complaint with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, and a jury awarded her $1.6 million earlier this year.

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Woman sues dentist boss for sexual harassment

Dr. Richard L. Howard, a dentist at Howard & Howard, DDS, is being sued by a former dental assistant named Tanya Stone, who claims to have been subjected to sexual harassment, discrimination, and a hostile work environment.

Stone alleges that Richard Howard put his hands around her neck and made inappropriate sexual comments to Stone.  She also claims that she was forced to put up with printed, magazine, and electronic pornographic materials.  During her employment at Howard & Howard, DDS in 2006-2007, Stone felt uncomfortable and offended by the sexually hostile work environment.

Stone said that she knows of other women who were subjected to sexual harassment at Howard’s dental office.

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Teamsters head files sexual harassment lawsuit against union

Helen Green, president and business agent of the Las Vegas Teamsters union office, filed a lawsuit against Teamsters Local 995, Teamsters Joint Council 42 and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters for being “subjected to sexual discrimination, sexual harassment and retaliation during her employment both as President and as a business agent.”

Green alleges that her boss, Secretary/Treasurer Mike Magnani, took advantage of his position to coerce her into a sexual relationship with him.

The lawsuit claims that Magani “would use union funds to pay for the Plaintiff to travel with him around the state and nation so that he could pursue the sexual relationship. When the Plaintiff sought to break off that relationship, Magnani engaged in a concerted effort to harass and intimidate her in retaliation for her refusal to have sex with him.”

Green allegedly complained to Magnani’s supervisor, Jim Santangelo, about Magnani’s harassment.  Santangelo allegedly told Green that “if she would drop her complaint he would make sure that Magnani stopped the harassment, and if he didn’t, he would remove Magnani from his position. Despite Santangelo’s representations Magnani continued to retaliate against the Plaintiff by creating a hostile work environment and the Defendants did nothing to stop him.”

Green was also allegedly subjected to retaliation and was fired as the union’s business agent after having complained about the sexual harassment.  Green’s attorney, Richard Segerblom, said that he found it ironic that Green had to complain to Magnani’s supervisor, Jim Santangelo, who has also been accused of sexual harassment.

The Los Angeles Times reported earlier this month that Santangelo had resigned amid allegations that he sexually harassed a Teamsters secretary.

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Ex-WCSX radio DJ files lawsuit for being sexually harassed by her co-host

Lynne Woodison Lyman, the former co-host of the “JJ and Lynne” morning show on WCSX-FM (94.7), filed a federal lawsuit against the radio station’s owners Tuesday, alleging she was subjected to sexual harassment by her co-host James Johnson and retaliation when she complained about the harassment and the fact Johnson was paid more than her.

The lawsuit alleges that Lyman was surrounded by an unlawful hostile work environment where Johnson would show her “nude photographs on his computer screen on a daily basis and would harass her with derogatory terms and sexual references while they were broadcasting on the air.”

The lawsuit states that “Mr. Johnson was also threatened with a lawsuit for his inappropriate behavior in grabbing a female employee at a Greektown Casino event in or about 2003, for which he was never disciplined.”

Lyman claims that, even though she received better performance appraisals while Johnson “was regularly given warnings, negative write-ups, and negative reviews,” he received an annual bonus of about $24,000 that Lyman did not receive.

After Lyman complained about Johnson’s workplace bullying, Lyman alleges that WCSX managers called her a “b—-.”   WCSX station owner Greater Media Inc., also known as Greater Boston Radio Inc., is named as the defendant in the lawsuit.

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