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EEOC files lawsuit against Sonic Drive-In for sexual harassment and retaliation

The EEOC filed a lawsuit against Sonic Drive-In of Los Lunas, Ltd., and B&B Consultants, Inc., doing business as Sonic Drive-In in Los Lunas, N.M., for not stopping a Sonic supervisor from subjecting female employees to sexual harassment and retaliating against the women who complained about the hostile work environment.

The EEOC lawsuit alleges that a number of female employees were forced to endure pervasive sexual comments and innuendo and unwelcome touching of bodies.  The lawsuit claims that the ongoing harassment and retaliation caused several women to leave their jobs at Sonic Drive-In.

“Our investigation revealed that a managerial supervisor was permitted to harass these women in the workplace and Sonic did not act promptly to provide corrective relief.” said EEOC Phoenix Acting District Director Rayford Irvin. “Employers have an important responsibility to protect their employees from harassment and retaliation in the workplace.”

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Raiders coach Tom Cable could be arrested for punching assistant coach

Oakland Raiders coach Tom Cable might soon be arrested for allegedly punching assistant coach Randy Hanson on August 5 while the Raiders were in training camp.  Hanson suffered a broken jaw from the attack.

Cable could also face a suspension from the NFL for violating the personal conduct policy if he is arrested.  We wonder why this bully boss wasn’t fired immediately following the assault.  Physical violence should not be tolerated in the workplace.

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What to do if you are being bullied at work

Good Morning America” viewers emailed their questions to Tory Johnson, and she offered advice about how to identify and deal with a workplace bully

Johnson identified the following common forms of workplace bullying:

  • Humiliating comments or actions
  • Excessive yelling
  • Undermining your status at work
  • Failing to give credit

Johnson recommends the following actions for people to try to stop workplace bullies from targeting them:

  • Stop the bullying on the spot
  • Walk away from a tirade
  • Confront the bully calmly
  • Document the abuse
  • Find a new job

Tory Johnson is the workplace contributor on “Good Morning America” and the CEO of Women for Hire

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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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Hilton Chef Sued for Workplace Bullying

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a hostile workplace lawsuit against the Hilton Lisle/Naperville Hotel.  The EEOC claims that the hotel’s executive chef bullied Hispanic employees, calling them derogatory names such as “wetbacks, f—— Mexicans and stupid Mexicans.”

Though the EEOC declined to name the executive chef, the Hilton Lisle/Naperville hotel website lists Nick Landeweer as the executive chef of the hotel’s Allgauer’s Restaurant.

The EEOC is seeking monetary damages of up to $300,000 per victim, an injunction preventing any further workplace bullying, and staff training to prevent future harassment.

“We completely deny these outrageous and completely false allegations,” said Hilton General Manager Richard Brink.

Source: Chicago Sun Times

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Guess? Model Sues ‘Abusive’ CEO Paul Marciano for Sexual Harassment and Retaliation

Lindsey Ring, a former model for fashion company Guess?, has filed a sexual harassment and retailation lawsuit against co-CEO Paul Marciano for allegedly making unwanted sexual advances on Ring.  Ring claims that Marciano lured her into a warehouse in December 2008, turned out the light and tried to kiss her.

After Lindsey Ring rejected Marciano’s advances and complained to her direct boss, the model was told, “This is not the first time this has happened with Mr. Marciano.”

Ring says she was afraid to speak up because of Marciano’s “reputation as an abusive and belligerent boss who would terminate employees at the drop of a hat.”

Ring’s working hours were subsequently cut and, fearing that she might be physically harmed by Marciano, she quit on February 2009.  Ring says that the sexual harassment and retaliation caused her “sleeplessness, anxiety, tension, depression and humiliation.”

Source: Courthouse News Service

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Judge OK’s Former Hooters Girl Discrimination Lawsuit Against Hawaiian Tropic Zone

Manhattan supreme Court Judge Edward Lehner greenlighted the discrimination and hostile workplace lawsuit filed by former Hooters Girl Melody Morales against the Hawaiian Tropic Zone restaurant, which is located in Times Square.

Morales, 22, sued the Times Square restaurant in January after the stunner with a 34-D cup size says she was twice rejected for a job by managers who didn't much care for her "Latin accent."

Morales, 22, sued the restaurant in January 2009 after two hiring managers rejected her for a job because they allegedly didn’t like her “Latin accent.”  Morales is of mixed Dominican and Puerto Rican background.

The Hawaiian Tropic Zone, which refers to itself as “The Hottest Place on Earth,” is also facing a $600 million federal lawsuit from four former female workers accusing an ex-boss of sickening and widespread sexual harassment and a hostile workplace.

The harassment eventually escalated into rape and forcible sodomy. The women — a former senior manager, a bartender, a hostess and an office assistant — claim their former boss, Anthony Rakis, subjected them to months of lewd and toxic behavior while management turned a blind eye.  In September 2006, the suit alleges, Rakis drugged and brutally raped ex-senior manager Giulietta Consalvo in a taxi.

According to the lawsuit, Anthony Rakis, a married, 40-year-old father of two, “is a rapist and sexual predator who was given full rein by the Riese Organization to sexually assault, molest, batter and rape the female employees.  In that sense, he was not unlike a pedophile at a daycare center.”

Also targeted in the lawsuit is popular Manhattan chef David Burke, who allegedly groped Consalvo and others. Burke devised the menu for the Hawaiian Tropic Zone restaurant.

Sources: NYDailyNews.com and NYPost.com

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Starbucks Sued for Sexual Harassment of Barista

A former Starbucks barista has filed a lawsuit against the coffee retailer for repeated sexual harassment and a hostile workplace at the Saugus Starbucks location.

The victim also claims that her boss invaded her privacy by telling her coworkers about an alleged sexual assault that she had been a victim of.

The woman’s lawyer, John Davis, described the work environment at the Starbucks as containing “some pretty hard-core, highly offensive harassment.”

Source: Boston Herald

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Hedge Against a Toxic Boss – Tips and Tricks

A guest post from an eBossWatch user:

After having worked with numerous toxic bosses in my career, I have developed some methods to hedge against a toxic boss

Anytime I take a new job, I believe you need about 9 months to see what kind of environment and culture you have joined.  An interviewer/employer/toxic boss can be amiable in an interview just like being on a first date and they will show their best and hide any toxic behavior until they become comfortable.  You need some time for them to drop their guard. 

Here is the scenario – you have been job hunting for some time and probably have made many contacts and sent out plenty of resumes.  Well, not every company will respond to you and some respond at different times. 

If you end up taking a job for the sake of being able to pay the bills, do so, but DO NOT announce where you have gone to anyone except for people you can trust.  Do not let recruiters know where you are interviewing – they do not always keep things quiet and will bring up things to you from 8 years prior.  One even insisted I list my current job in which I was there for only 3 days.  You are better off having a gap in your resume than a short employment stint. 

DO NOT make announcements on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter and so on.  If you take the job and find out it is not a fit, and leave or are fired – you will add the burden of explaining a short stint on your resume for the next number of years.  People may question your performance or feel you have poor judgment.  What if your dream employer calls you a couple of months after you start?  It will not bode well for you – so keep a lid on it

Next thing one should do is never stop looking for a job and continue networking.  If you are constantly out there and if your new boss turns out to be toxic, you can bail out a lot easier since you have momentum.  I had one experience where a new co-worker said to me, you are the 5th person that has been in your position during the last year. 

There is no reason to bring up bad experiences to a future employer.  Even if the future employer suspects the gap on your resume was a bad employment stint, they will respect you for being professional and pretending it never happened.  Would you hire a complainer that cannot let go or someone that knows how to move on without incident? 

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Korn/Ferry Sued for Allegedly Being Hostile to Gay Employees

The Wall Street Journal reported that a former senior partner for Korn/Ferry International Inc. is suing the executive-search and consulting firm for allegedly firing her because she is gay.

In her lawsuit, Marti Smye alleges that Korn/Ferry was a hostile workplace “permeated with antigay animus” and that top executives made openly antigay comments.  The lawsuit claims that Jeff Rosin, president of Korn/Ferry Canada, cautioned employees against associating with gay employees, including Ms. Smye, and that Mr. Rosin fired another Korn/Ferry employee, Denise Tobin-McCarthy, after learning that Tobin-McCarthy and Smye were dating.

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