Archive for the ‘Rulings by Courts’ Category
Thursday, May 24th, 2012
By Carey Gillam, Reuters, May 4, 2012 and
By Jared Bilski, CFO Daily News, May 24, 2012
A Kansas City woman who converted from Christianity to Islam has been awarded $5 million in punitive damages by a jury who found the telecommunications giant AT&T created a “hostile work environment” after her conversion, according to a judge’s order issued Friday.
Tags: ATT, CFO, jury award, muslim discrimination, Susann Bashir
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Friday, May 18th, 2012
Certainly rape victims are reluctant to take the stand in open court against their rapists. The woman is made vulnerable again in front of the assailant whose motivation was primarily about degrading and controlling his victim in the first place.
Now comes news that Lancaster County (Nebraska) District Court Judge Paul Merritt ordered a rape victim to testify or face 90 days in jail for contempt. He reasoned that her potential shame was less important than the county’s pursuit of justice on her behalf. For some reason, the judge’s decision was upheld in the Nebraska Supreme Court. The judge’s public bio appears below.
Tags: Lancaster County (Nebraska) District Court Judge Paul Merritt, rape victims, Rico Gray, Salamishah Tillet
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Wednesday, May 16th, 2012
Bad Bosses Beware: Minnesota whistleblower takes on issue of workplace bullying
By Jessica Lussenhop, Minneapolis City Pages, May 16, 2012
Joe Henry hated his boss so much, he would’ve preferred his old Army drill sergeant. “A drill sergeant is consistently one way,” he says. “You know you’re going to get yelled at no matter what.”
Henry, a barrel-chested man with military posture, joined the Army at age 18 and deployed with one of the first battalions to enter Iraq in March 2003. He served a seven-month tour locating weapons caches and maintaining communications lines. A fellow vet remembers Henry as a reliable soldier — steady under the sound of constant gunfire.
For Henry, it turned out wartime was easier to handle than a job in satellite TV installation.
Tags: Bob Sutton, Gary Namie, whistleblower
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Wednesday, April 18th, 2012
When Sawyer Rosenstein was a 12 year old student at Eric Smith Middle School in the Ramsey (New Jersey) School District he was bullied. He wrote his guidance counselor to alert her to the ongoing problem. But the unnamed bully, known to school officials as a bully, punched Sawyer in the gut on May 16, 2006. The punch — which was physical battery, not bullying that is always defined as non-physical — caused an arterial clot in his spine and left him paralyzed ever since.
The Ramsey Board of Education said the insurance carrier wanted to settle, not the district. In fact, the District claims that its anti-bullying initiative is world class. I guess the one exception was an isolated event.
Friday, March 2nd, 2012
By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times, March 2, 2012
Ani Chopourian told of sexually inappropriate conduct, bullying and retaliation at a Sacramento hospital. The award is believed to be the largest for a single victim of workplace harassment in U.S. history.
Monday, June 27th, 2011The U.S. Healthy Workplace Campaign, the grassroots group pushing for enactment of the anti-bullying Healthy Workplace Bill, asks state lawmakers to provide for civil (monetary only) penalties for allowing bullying to happen and doing nothing about it when reported.
News from the Australian state of Victoria confirms passage of the world's first anti-bullying law to criminalize bullying. Now, when bullying happens there, police can be called, instead of state health and safety investigators.
The law was prompted by the September 2006 suicide by 19 year-old waitress, Brodie Panlock, who was tormented by three older coworkers at Cafe Vamp in Melbourne since starting work there in 2005. They poured beer and oil on her, taunted her as fat, stupid, ugly and a whore, physically restrained her so that the other could pour fish sauce on her, spat on her, and offered her rat poison after an earlier failed suicide attempt. Her tormentors -- Nicholas Smallwood, 26, (with whom Panlock had had a sexual relationship that did not stop his cruel mistreatment), Rhys MacAlpine, 28, and Gabriel Toomey, 23 -- were convicted in Feb. 2010 under occupational health and safety laws and fined a total of $85,000. The cafe owner, Marc Luis Da Cruz, and his company were ordered to pay $250,000. According to WorkSafe Victoria (the government's health and safety regulatory agency), the penalties were among the largest fines ever imposed.
Tags: Brodies' law, Hon. Richard Clark, stalking, Victoria, workplace bullying
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Tuesday, June 21st, 2011
The June 20, 2011 Supreme Court decision in the Wal-Mart v. Dukes case (1) insulted any worker who dares complain about discriminatory mistreatment at work, (2) made it harder for individuals to join together for lawsuit efficiency in a class action to go up against a behemoth multinational employing corporation, (3) ignored and rewrote a 45-year legal precedent, and (4) cemented Justice Scalia and the conservative block’s motivation to serve corporate interests over those of ordinary working Americans.
Tags: Betty Dukes, Brad Seligman, Ginsburg, Gisel Ruiz, Impact Fund, Rule 23, Scalia, SCOTUS, VP People, Wal-Mart v. Dukes
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Thursday, June 16th, 2011
In Ventura County just south of lovely Santa Barbara, California, a remarkable and unusual thing happened. A grand jury (GJ) was convened to act like consultants contracted to investigate complaints (one of their roles in that county) about workplace bullying by current and former county workers. The GJ as investigator concluded that bullying is a problem and employees deserve protection from it. An investigation conducted by HR might have concluded differently (as it nearly always does). The GJ reported that HR procedures are not trusted. Said the county HR director, John Nicoll, “We do not tolerate employees being mistreated because they’ve filed a complaint.” This directly contradicts facts in the GJ report. Note how outsiders found the truth about bullying.
Tags: grand jury, HR, John Nicoll, Ventura County, Workplace Bullying Institute
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Sunday, June 12th, 2011
News from East St. Louis federal District Court: A young woman who was subjected to some of the grossest imaginable humiliation and harassment won a $95 million jury victory. $80 million was for punitive damages against the company, Aaron’s (Rents as in rent-to-own), that earned a profit of only $118 million last year. The jury sent the statement that most of that profit should be turned over to one former employee, Ashley Alford.
Tags: Aaron's, Ashley Alford, assault and battery, EEOC, emotional distress, O'Fallon, Richard Moore, sex harassment
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Friday, May 7th, 2010
On May 3, Massachusetts Gov. Patrick signed into law (with much fanfare) S2404, a bill that languished until two headline-grabbing student suicides were traced to bullying by other students. Middle school student Carl Walker-Hoover hanged himself in 2009 and high school student Phoebe Prince did the same in Jan. 2010. Legislation was reflexively proposed to hold adults (educators, paraprofessionals, administrators, school nurses, cafeteria workers, etc.) responsible for stopping bullying when they see it or at least report it to the school principal. The principal, in turn, can decide to call or not to call law enforcement.
Tags: Carl Walker-Hoover, Desert Sands Unified School District, Deval Patrick, MA, Phoebe Prince, S2404, school bullying, Sioux City Schools, Work Doctor
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