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Black employees file discrimination lawsuit against Harbor UCLA Medical Center

Four African-American employees have filed an employment discrimination lawsuit against Harbor UCLA Medical Center.  The employees, Zena Branson, Laverne Geh, Vickie Moore and Brenda Lee-Richardson, allege that their boss, Candyce Gray, subjected them to a hostile work environment where they suffered from harassment and were discriminated against because of their race.

The lawsuit alleges that Gray referred to African-American employees as “those people,” mocked their speech, and called them derogatory terms such as”lazy” and “uneducated.”  Candyce Gray allegedly repeatedly slammed doors in the plaintiffs’ faces and threw objects at them.

Under Candyce Gray’s supervision, other employees would refer to the African-American employees as “monkeys” and would tell them to “go back to their cages.”  Management allegedly did nothing to stop this harassment.

The lawsuit also alleges that the Harbor UCLA Medical Center disciplined African-American employees without cause, gave them lower scores on their performance evaluations, and hid promotional opportunities from black employees.


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School bus company Berry Services sued for sexual harassment

In late September, the EEOC filed a lawsuit against New Orleans-based school bus provider Berry Services Inc. for retaliating against employees who complained about sexual harassment.

The owner of Berry Services, Milton Berry, has been accused of sexual harassment by at least three female employees during 2003-2007. 

One of the alleged victims, Lakisha Baker, claims that Berry sexually propositioned and touched her on her first day of work in November 2006 and then harassed her on a daily basis until firing her in February 2007 in retaliation after Baker refused Berry’s order to call him to discuss having sex. 

The lawsuit states that “on one occasion Mr. Berry pulled her pants down and tried to touch her” and that Berry also offered Baker a promotion or salary increase in exchange for oral sex.

Michelle Butler, senior trial attorney for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, said that although none of the alleged incidents of sexual harassment occurred in the presence of school students, she was still concerned that “he is providing service to where he would have access to children.”


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Woman Who Refused to Date Boss Files Lawsuit After Being Fired

Colleen D. Vesper filed a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit in Madison County Circuit Court against Illinois Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Foundation (ITBOF) and its president, Gary Moore.

Vesper, who had been working at the ITBOF since 1993, was fired in April 2007 because she allegedly refused to date Moore.  Vesper claims that, beginning in 2006, Moore had repeatedly expressed his desire to be involved romantically with her, but Vesper told Moore each time that she was not interested in an intimate relationship with him.

The lawsuit states that, after having rejected his romantic overtures, “Defendant Moore created a hostile work environment for Plaintiff, sought to degrade, belittle and humiliate her in front of other ITBOF employees, Board Members and members of the foundation who owned or bred thoroughbreds.”

Source: The Madison St. Clair Record

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