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Wisconsin IHOP ordered to pay $105,000 to sexual harassment victims

A federal jury has ordered the former owners of the IHOP restaurant in Racine, Wisconsin, to pay two former waitresses $105,000 in punitive damages for having been sexually harassed by their assistant manager.

The EEOC, which filed the lawsuit, said that the two waitresses were subjected to a hostile work environment that included “unwelcome physical touching, propositions for sex, and sexual comments.”  The two waitresses were teenagers at the time that the sexual harassment occurred in 2004 and 2005.

The lawsuit had claimed that the IHOP franchise ignored early complaints of sexual harassment and that the employee who filed the charge of discrimination suffered from retaliation and was fired after she complained about the harassment.

Other waitresses said they faced the same harassment.  They testified that Management Hospitality of Racine, the company that operated the IHOP, failed to correct the situation. The IHOP restaurant at which the servers were harassed was owned by Salauddin Janmohammed, and managed by a management consulting firm, Flipmeastack, which is owned by Janmohammed’s wife.

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Employee files lawsuit after bosses ridicule her for celebrating Thanksgiving

Promila Awasthi, an Indian-born American citizen who works at Infosys as a computer consultant, filed a lawsuit on Monday that accuses her bosses of subjecting her to a hostile work environment that included being ridiculed Awasthi for celebrating American holidays like Thanksgiving and not being compensated for overtime hours worked.

Awasthi, who worked at the Infosys office in Fremont, CA from February to November 2008, described the working conditions there as being “intolerable.”  Infosys is one of the large India-based technology outsourcing companies that has recently been expanding its presence in the US to try to halt criticism that these firms are outsourcing American jobs overseas.

The lawsuit alleges that Infosys bosses routinely criticized Americans, including Awasthi, for not having “family values,” and they stated that layoffs in America are good because those jobs will then be outsourced.   Awasthi claims that her managers told her that she should not be celebrating Thanksgiving because she is Indian, and they insisted that she work on Thanksgiving Day.

Infosys management also allegedly harassed Awasthi and her children for celebrating Thanksgiving and called them derogatory terms such as “ABCD,” which stands for “American-Born Confused Desi,” which is used to mock people of Indian ancestry who identify with and have integrated into American culture.

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Confessions of a bad boss

In his latest column, Scott Smith recalls a period during the 1980s in which he behaved like a workplace bully and was, as he describes himself, “an arrogant, self-centered, immature jerk.”  Smith, who is the Lifestyle Editor at Colorado’s The Pueblo Chieftain newspaper, has publicly admitted being a bad boss in order to thank a close friend and colleague who gave Smith a “verbal wake-up call” and helped him acknowledge his abusive behavior.

Smith, writing in the third person, describes one of his workplace tirades:

“He whined about decisions that he deemed incorrect or flat-out stupid. He was intolerant of others’ deficiencies, be they real or imagined. He second-guessed his boss, but never to his face. He was sure he could do everyone’s job better than they could. He spewed venom and perfected the nuances of passive-aggressive behavior. He created chaos where none was needed. One day, he was pontificating to a co-worker about everything that was wrong in the department, the newsroom and the newspaper in general. His words were vitriolic, his attitude predictably self-righteous.”

We commend Smith for the courage that he has exhibited in publicly acknowledging that he is a recovering workplace bully who is now trying to be a better person by “focusing more on building than on destroying.  More kindness and compassion, tolerance and forgiveness, empathy and love.”

Click here to read Smith’s entire column.
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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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Jet2.com CEO Berates Employees in Front of Customers

Philip Meeson, the CEO of Jet2.com, received a warning from Manchester Airport Police after publicly screaming at his own employees in front of hundreds of customers lined up at the airline’s check-in counter.

A Greater Manchester Police spokesman reported that airport police officers arrived to the scene after receiving reports that a man was being abusive to staff.

Meeson apparently went ballistic after feeling that his employees were not working hard enough to ease the long lines at the check-in counter.

Source: comparecarrentals.co.uk

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