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    Federal regulators have sued an Orange County construction firm for harassment of Latino workers, alleging the company mocked them if they couldn’t speak English and referred to them as “wetbacks” and “home depoteros.” The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission lawsuit, filed Tuesday, Sept. 27 in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, claims Laguna Niguel-based Goodsell/Wilkins‘ actions violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. That prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin. The EEOC suit seeks a jury trial and compensatory and punitive damages as well as injunctive relief aimed at preventing future discrimination at the company. A male Mexican worker, who began work at Goodsell/Wilkins around December 2017, stayed with the company until June 2019, the action says, when he was laid off after complaining of harassment to his supervisors and managers. Another male employee of Nicaraguan descent and some of his co-workers were allegedly fired on or about Sept. 19, 2019 for making similar complaints of harassment. The harassment included offensive racial graffiti on the walls of portable...
    (CNN)A newly-unredacted document alleging an "uncorrected culture of sexual assault and harassment" at investment bank Goldman Sachs states that at least 75 incidents of alleged sexual assault and harassment were reported between 2000 and 2011.The document is part of an ongoing gender discrimination lawsuit against the investment bank that dates back to 2010. H. Cristina Chen-Oster, right, and Shana Orlich at their lawyers office, in New York, Sept. 15, 2010. The lawsuit, originally filed on behalf of former Goldman Sachs employees Cristina Chen-Oster, Allison Gamba, Shanna Orlich, and Mary de Luis, became a class-action lawsuit in 2018. It now represents over 1,400 current and former female associates and vice-presidents at Goldman Sachs who say they encountered discrimination over pay, promotion, and reviews, according to a press release.A redacted version of the newly-released document, a memo in support of the plaintiffs' motion for class certification, was first filed in 2014. At the time, a spokesman for Goldman Sachs called it a "a normal procedural step for any proposed class action lawsuit" that "does not change the case's lack of merit." Read...
    A California K-9 handler officer is suing the city, alleging that she was wrongfully removed from patrol after getting pregnant because the department claimed it did not have maternity uniforms - and when she complained to her union president he 'offered to kick her down the stairs'.   Officer Daryn Glenn, who works at the Redondo Police Department, filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles on Friday where she seeks unspecified damages for gender and pregnancy discrimination, harassment, retaliation and failure to prevent harassment and discrimination. Glenn, 28, was hired in 2017 and became the city's first black K-9 handler in 2021, the suit states. She became pregnant last October and told her supervisors, who that same day took her off her patrol assignment, according to the lawsuit. 'Specifically, plaintiff was told by supervisor Lt. Cory King that it is department policy to remove female officers from patrol for safety reasons once they get pregnant,'' the suit states. Officer Daryn Glenn, who works at the Redondo Police Department, filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles on Friday where she seeks unspecified damages for gender and pregnancy discrimination, harassment,...
    Another student claimed a peer assaulted him because he opposed "affirmative action." The case stated that the child was attacked during a football game and called a "racist." A teacher was also named in the lawsuit for allegedly telling a student that she "had her head in the sand" and "drank Fox News Kool-Aid" in response to the student's research project. The five parents in the lawsuit claimed that the school either witnessed the incidents or was made aware of them but did not take action to stop the harassment. The parents of the children subject to the alleged harassment are seeking compensatory and punitive damages. Guilford Public Schools, the school board, and the attorneys for the parents did not reply to requests for comment, the Daily Caller News Foundation reported.
    Singer Ricky Martin filed a lawsuit against his nephew, Dennis Yadiel Sanchez Martin, in a Puerto Rican court on Wednesday for $30 million in damages. This comes less than two months after Sanchez dropped his own harassment suit against the singer, which alleged the two had engaged in a romantic relationship. Now, Martin claims in his lawsuit that the allegations cost him $10 million in financial damages in lost contracts and projects and $20 million in damages to his reputation. "Sanchez alleged falsely that he had had a romantic relationship with [Ricky] for seven months and that it had ended two months earlier," the filing reportedly reads. "He further claimed that [Ricky] did not accept that the alleged relationship ended and that he called him frequently. Nothing [could be] further from the truth." LEBRON JAMES AND DRAKE SUED AND ACCUSED OF STEALING RIGHTS TO BLACK ICE HOCKEY FILM Ricky Martin. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP) Martin alleges that Sanchez would send him more than 10 messages a day on WhatsApp and Instagram, at times...
    The upscale Italian restaurant chain Il Fornaio is being sued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for allegedly allowing female workers to be sexually harassed by male supervisors, managers and co-workers and for retaliating against those who complained. The agency filed the complaint Wednesday, Aug. 24 in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California The EEOC did not provide details on which of the company’s 20 restaurants were involved or the number of female employees who were allegedly harassed. Il Fornaio has Southern California locations in Woodland Hills, Beverly Hills, Manhattan Beach, Pasadena, Irvine and Del Mar. The company also has nine restaurants in Northern California and one in Las Vegas. The EEOC complaint says the alleged harassment began as early as 2016, with frequent and offensive sex-based remarks and unwelcome touching. The agency also alleges II Fornaio management failed to investigate the claims or take corrective action while at the same time discouraging more complaints from being filed. Representatives with II Fornaio could not be reached for comment Wednesday. The Italian restaurant chain II Fornaio has been sued...
    Following the investigation results, Cuomo resigned from office in August 2021. In March, Cuomo visited a New York church and gave a speech in which he stated, "I resigned as governor, the press roasted me, my colleagues were ridiculed, my brother was fired." Andrew Cuomo insisted that he and his brother, Chris Cuomo, were the victims of "cancel culture." He stated that the "political sharks" came after him because they "smelled blood." Despite Cuomo's confidence that certain political figures had it out for him, the former governor somehow managed to evade any criminal charges. The last prosecutor to investigate the allegations against Cuomo stated that there was no legal basis to pursue the case. Rich Azzopardi, a spokesperson for Cuomo, said, "The report has been reviewed by five separate district attorneys and every single one has declined to move forward based on it — it was nothing more than a political document and holds no legal weight. Their political games continue." A New York state trooper filed a lawsuit against Cuomo in February. The trooper, who has chosen...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — SEPTA has settled a nearly half-million dollar race discrimination and retaliation lawsuit with the U.S. Department of Justice. Three transit officers accused their supervisor and former Police Chief Thomas Nestel of creating a hostile work environment. Federal prosecutors say the officers belonged to a special investigation unit and were subjected to discrimination based on both race and religion and were retaliated against when they opposed the harassment. READ MORE: Emergency Peace Walk Underway In South Philadelphia Following Shooting Death Of 'Brotherly Love' Music Group Member Joelill Foy“All transit police officers deserve to go to work each day without fear of harassment and retaliation from their supervisors and colleagues,” Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke said in a statement. “This settlement sends a clear message that the department stands ready to protect employees who are subject to racial harassment and a hostile work environment, particularly in law enforcement agencies dedicated to serving the public.” The alleged incidents happened in 2019. The complaint alleges the officers’ supervisor repeatedly harassed them with racist slurs and derogatory comments about Black people and...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A former Philadelphia police officer who won a sexual harassment lawsuit is now speaking out. She’s telling her story and shares how it’s inspired a brand new journey, which she hopes will inspire others. “The harassment began in the police academy,” Audra Brown said. READ MORE: Mega Millions Ticket Worth $3 Million Sold In Burlington CountyBrown spent 15 years with the Philadelphia Police Department. She resigned from the force in 2019 but not before suing because of repeated sexual harassment that she says she dealt with for years on the job. “Some things you kind of just brush off,” Brown said, “but it got to the point where I was like, I just had enough of this. Like I’m tired of not wanting to wear a dress to work because a comment is going to be made.” Brown, who comes from a family of police officers, stepped into the fray of a stressful sexual assault lawsuit, alongside fellow female officer Jennifer Allen. “It took a lot of courage in myself and officer Allen,” Brown said. “It...
    Elon Musk’s Tesla has been sued by a group of black current and former workers at its factory in Fremont, California, who claim they have been subject to racist graffiti, slurs, and harassment. The workers claim that the company and its managers were aware of the harassment but did nothing to stop it. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Elon Musk’s Tesla is being sued again by a group of black current and former workers at the company’s Fremont Factory who claim that they were subject to racism and harassment. The employees allege that Tesla and managers at the company were aware of the issue but did nothing to stop it. Elon Musk and Cybertruck (Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP) Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveils the new Tesla factory in Fremont, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010. The new Tesla factory is the former NUMMI plant. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma) The lawsuit lists over a dozen current and former Tesla workers as plaintiffs. It is currently unclear whether any of the employees signed mandatory arbitration agreements which could affect whether or not the case makes it...
    (CNN)An 18-year-old US Merchant Marine Academy student who was repeatedly harassed and groped by older, male crew members during a training program aboard a commercial ship was so terrified of being sexually assaulted that she slept in a locked bathroom, clutching a knife for protection, a lawsuit filed Wednesday alleges. Using the moniker Midshipman-Y, the young woman's account represents the latest blow to the federal academy, which has struggled to protect students from sexual abuse both on campus and at sea, and hold offenders accountable. Last year, the academy briefly shut down its mandatory "Sea Year" training program following the published report of another student who said she was raped by a senior crew member at sea in the summer of 2019, when she was 19 years old.Both students had been placed on the same Maersk ship during their respective Sea Years, two years apart. Now, just days before the end of the school year, they are suing Maersk in separate lawsuits filed this week, alleging the shipping giant did not have safeguards in place to protect them and that...
    A lawsuit accusing a former ABC News executive of sexual assault and creating a toxic work environment has been dismissed by a New York State Supreme Court judge. Former Good Morning America producer Kirstyn Crawford, 31, accused former longtime executive producer Michael Corn of forcibly touching and kissing her while the pair were in Los Angeles to cover the 2015 Oscars. She claims the assault occurred during an Uber ride. Judge Barbara Jaffe dismissed the suit on Wednesday, ruling the three-year statute of limitations on the alleged assault had passed.  The judge also argued the behaviors described in Crawford's suit did not prove Corn fostered a hostile work environment after the alleged incident.  Crawford's lawyer told The Wall Street Journal she plans to appeal the ruling.   A New York State Supreme Court judge dismissed a law suit accusing former ABC News executive producer Michael Corn of sexual assault and creating a toxic work environment Crawford filed the suit against Corn in August 2021, well past the three-year statute of limitations on the assault allegation. In order for the alleged assault to...
    A Los Angeles jury awarded $440 million in punitive damages Thursday to two men who alleged they were forced out of their jobs at Southern California Edison after complaining about repeated sexual and racial harassment at a South Bay office, attorneys said. That decision came after jurors awarded $24.6 million in compensatory damages Wednesday to plaintiffs Alfredo Martinez and Justin Page, bringing the combined verdict to more than $464.6 million, said David deRubertis, one of the attorneys who represented the men. Martinez alleged that after 16 years at Edison, he had been pushed out of his supervisor job in April 2017 by constructive termination — a claim accusing the employer of creating or permitting intolerable working conditions in order to force out a worker — after reporting widespread sexual harassment and racist language. During the eight-week trial, lawyers for Martinez and Page presented evidence they said showed Edison’s South Bay office had a fraternity-like culture in which racial and sexual harassment was widespread, common and sometimes swept under the rug. “These two men had the courage to stand up...
    More On: fred savage Fred Savage fired from ‘Wonder Years’ reboot after misconduct investigation Harassment lawsuit against Fred Savage dismissed Fred Savage accused of harassment, assault on ‘Grinder’ set Fred Savage accused of sex harassment years ago Fred Savage could find himself at the center of a fresh lawsuit after being fired from his “Wonder Years” reboot, according to a legal source. The former child star was ousted from the ABC show following multiple complaints of misconduct in his role as executive producer and director, it was reported last week. Savage, 45, had previously settled a lawsuit with Youngjoo Hwang, a costumer on the set of his former Fox comedy, “The Grinder,” back in 2019 after she accused him of assault and harassment. Asked about the fresh allegations, Hwang’s attorney, Anahita Seda, told Page Six Monday: “This was a long time coming and I am not the least bit surprised. “When my client came to me in 2018 with her allegations against Mr. Savage, we discovered that there was at least one lawsuit that had been filed against him...
    "Rosellene Bronstein had also been in communication with a school counselor about the bullying," the outlet reported. "At one point, she told the counselor she believed her son might hurt himself and asked for a recommendation for a psychiatrist." Her concerns, according to the report, were dismissed as "family issues." Weeks later on Jan. 13, Nate's father found the teen hanging from a noose tied to a shower stall in the family's home. What else?The Bronsteins' suit also alleges that after their son's death, Head of School Randall Dunn and certain board members "conspired to withhold all of the above information from law enforcement authorities, from the full Latin Board, from other constituents of Latin, and from [Nate's] family." Further, the suit alleges, the school violated state law requiring schools to investigate reports of harassment and to notify parents of all students involved in related incidents, and maintains that the school has allowed a culture of bullying "as documented in an Instagram account that highlights alleged instances of bullying, harassment, and hate speech." The family's complaint, filed...
    OAKLAND (BCN) — A former top-level city official is threatening to sue the city of Oakland following her abrupt firing in January, a letter from her attorneys says. Sarai Crain, who was deputy chief of the Department of Violence Prevention, is alleging she was not paid equally for the work she was doing. She is also alleging gender discrimination, retaliation and harassment. READ MORE: UPDATE: 1 Injured, 1 Arrested in Shooting Near San Jose's Yerba Buena High; Shelter-In-Place Order LiftedIn a March 25 demand letter to the city from her attorneys, Crain is seeking to settle the issue for $268,104 along with reinstatement and promotion to chief of the Department of Violence Prevention. Currently, Guillermo Cespedes is the chief of the department. “It is essential to end all acts of discrimination by this administration — and these allegations of misconduct and pay disparity — and alleged retaliation — warrant a direct response, investigation, and remedy,” Vice Mayor and City Councilmember At-Large Rebecca Kaplan said in a statement. “The decisions that are the subject of this alleged misconduct never came to...
    Adding to the intrigue, township officials have so far stayed mum about who exactly filed the suit. Though he is listed as a victim of alleged harassment, Vauss told WNBC he's not behind the lawsuit. Instead, he referred reporters to the township's municipal clerk, Harold Wiener. But Wiener, too, has declined to take responsibility for the legal action. "I haven’t requested a lawsuit against Elouise McDaniel," Wiener told the outlet. "She does file a lot of OPRAs. That comes with the territory, my territory. I know Ms. McDaniel. I don’t have a problem with her." What else? Despite being a hyper-localized issue, news of the quarrel has reportedly garnered attention far outside the township's borders, as First Amendment lawyers warn a ruling against McDaniel could set a dangerous precedent. One attorney, CJ Griffin of Hackensack, noted McDaniel's 75 requests over three years may seem like a lot, but actually is "the equivalent of two a month." "It would be a dangerous precedent if towns are allowed to start suing people because...
    The Teaneck school district confidentially paid $50,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a former special education teacher who said she was fired after refusing the then-principal’s sexual advances, records show. Whittier Elementary School Principal Pedro H. Valdes III – now the principal of Teaneck High School -- engaged in “overly flirtatious” behavior that was “disturbing and intimidating at best," Grace Kenny charged in a sexual discrimination lawsuit. District officials chose a settlement rather than have the case go to trial. They and Kenny both agreed to keep the terms confidential as part of the deal. Such settlements are neither an admission of guilt nor a claim of innocence. They exist as a form of closure that eliminates the time, expense and various evidence and/or testimony resulting from a trial. Kenny taught Whittier pupils with emotional and learning disabilities for a year and a half before she was let go in May 2018, records show. At first, Valdes "lavished praise" on her work and "consistently gave her very high [job] evaluations,” she claimed. Very soon, though, he began demanding “a lot...
    PALO ALTO — A Santa Clara County judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought against Palo Alto by six police officers who claimed harassment and discrimination for being “forced” to walk past a street mural in 2020 depicting 1970s Black Liberation Army member and fugitive Assata Shakur. The civil complaint against the city — filed last year in Santa Clara County Superior Court by Palo Alto police officers Eric Figueroa, Michael Foley, Christopher Moore, Robert Parham, Julie Tannock and David Ferreira —  claimed in the lawsuit that they were “forced to physically pass and confront the mural every time they entered the Palo Alto Police department.” The officers described it as “offensive, discriminatory and harassing iconography” that fostered a “hostile” and “retaliatory” work environment. The work — which was painted on Hamilton Street across from city hall — was commissioned by the city in June 2020 to commemorate protests against the police killing of George Floyd. The mural featured several images inside each letter of the phrase “Black Lives Matter” and included a quote from Shakur within the letter “E” of...
    The parents of an Activision Blizzard employee who took her own life during a work retreat has filed a lawsuit against the Santa Monica-based video game company alleging wrongful death, sexual harassment and failure to prevent harassment. Paul and Janet Moynihan are suing on behalf of their daughter, Kerri Moynihan, who was found dead at Disneyland’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa on April 27, 2017. She was 32. The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, alleges Moynihan was subjected to “unwanted sexual harassment” that led her to take her own life that night. It also alleges Moynihan suffered emotional distress and mental anguish resulting from a “hostile, intimidating, offensive, oppressive, and abusive” workplace, and that Activision failed to prevent the harassment that led to her death, both in violation of California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act. An Activision Blizzard spokesperson said the company was and continues to be “deeply saddened by the tragic death of Ms. Moynihan, who was a valued member of the company.” The company will address the complaint through the legal process and did not...
    President Joe Biden on Thursday signed a law to protect the rights of victims of sexual harassment in the workplace, allowing them to seek justice in court, accompanied by one of the nation's most prominent campaigners for the measure.  Gretchen Carlson, the former Fox News presenter, has worked to end the use of forced arbitration proceedings ever since she sued network boss Roger Ailes for sexual harassment.  'A dear friend of mine said to me, "You know, Gretchen something good is going to come out of this," and at the time I didn't quite believe her,' she said 'But you know what? She was right.  'Something great has come from my decision to come forward and stand alongside millions of others to say that it's not okay for companies to hide harassment, assault.'  Biden signed into law the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act, which bars employment contracts from forcing people to settle claims of sexual assault or harassment through private arbitration proceedings instead of in a court of law. Gretchen Carlson (seen behind Biden's shoulder)...
    A nonprofit organization that specializes in defending free speech on college campuses has filed a lawsuit against the University of Houston over a harassment policy that punishes speech such as jokes and stereotyping. Membership-based nonprofit organization Speech First accused the Texas-based public university in a Wednesday filing of violating the First Amendment rights of students by maintaining a policy that subjects them to disciplinary action for online and off-campus speech that falls under the institution’s standard of harassment. The challenged policy defines harassment to include “negative stereotyping” and “denigrating jokes,” which Speech First says are protected speech under the First Amendment, as they go beyond the established U.S. Supreme Court standard of harassment that public universities must follow. WATCHDOG GROUP SAYS THESE COLLEGES ARE THE WORST FOR FREE SPEECH “Supreme Court precedent dictates that institutions of higher learning are only permitted to restrict speech when speech becomes so ‘severe and pervasive’ that it crosses the line into harassing conduct,” the organization said in a press release announcing the lawsuit. The lawsuit was filed on...
    Law & Crime details the new sexual harassment lawsuit against Cuomo: "Between 2013 and 2021, the Governor of the State of New York, Andrew Cuomo, sexually harassed at least 11 women, including nine current and former state employees,” the lawsuit begins. “He wanted hugs (‘the hugs definitely got closer and tighter to the point where I knew I could feel him pushing my body against his and definitely making sure that he could feel my breasts up against his body’); kisses (‘he would normally go to kiss me on the cheek and he would quickly turn his head and catch me on the lips’); and to talk about sex (‘he wanted to know if I slept with older men’). He told his victims he was ‘lonely’ and asked them to find him a ‘girlfriend.’ He leered at them (‘he was fully staring down my shirt’). And he touched them inappropriately (‘[h]e placed and pressed, then moved his finger across my breasts in a way that clearly meant to show me his power and his ability to control by body and...
    Former Gov. Andrew Cuomo is being sued for sexual harassment by a state trooper following a recent string of legal victories that saw all charges against him dismissed. Cuomo asked the unidentified trooper personal questions while she was on duty, kissed her on the cheek, and "placed the palm of his hand on her belly button and slid it across her waist to her right hip" while she was on duty in 2019, according to a Thursday filing with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York seeking a declaratory judgment that Cuomo and others violated both federal and local laws and assorted economic damages. "As a direct and proximate result of the unlawful conduct, Plaintiff has suffered, and continues to suffer, severe mental anguish and emotional distress, including, but not limited to, humiliation, embarrassment, stress and anxiety, loss of self-esteem and self-confidence, and emotional pain and suffering for which she is entitled to an award of monetary damages and other relief," the lawsuit alleges. LAST NEW YORK COUNTY INVESTIGATING CUOMO DECLINES TO PRESS CHARGES Cuomo touched...
    The N-word and other racist slurs were hurled daily at Black workers at Tesla’s California plant, delivered not just by fellow employees but also by managers and supervisors. So says California’s civil rights agency in a lawsuit filed against the electric-vehicle maker in Alameda County Superior Court on Thursday on behalf of thousands of Black workers after a decade of complaints and a 32-month investigation. California lawsuit against Tesla Tesla segregated Black workers into separate areas that its employees referred to as “porch monkey stations,” “the dark side,” “the slave ship” and “the plantation,” the lawsuit alleges. Only Black workers had to scrub floors on their hands and knees, and they were relegated to the Fremont, Calif., factory’s most difficult physical jobs, the suit states. Graffiti — including “KKK,” “Go back to Africa,” the hangman’s noose, the Confederate Flag and “F-- [N-word]” — were carved into restroom walls, workplace benches and lunch tables and were slow to be erased, the lawsuit says. Tesla responded to the lawsuit, filed by the Department of Fair Employment and Housing,...
    Three graduate students are suing Harvard University over its handling of sexual harassment allegations against a star professor, and it’s causing major controversy among other Harvard faculty. It’s not just about Harvard, though, or even about academia. The court filing for the graduate students, and the immediate response by a group of Harvard faculty, show how power works to protect power. Lilia Kilburn, Margaret Czerwienski, and Amulya Mandava are suing Harvard for what, based on their lawsuit, appears to be egregious mishandling of allegations against a longtime, repeat sexual harasser. Harvard’s anthropology department hired John Comaroff and his wife, Jean Comaroff, from the University of Chicago in 2012, despite at least one warning about John Comaroff’s pattern of harassment. According to the lawsuit, “The result was predictable. Shortly after he arrived at Harvard, the University received repeated complaints of sexual harassment, including forced kissing, groping, and offensive—even violent—sexual comments by Professor Comaroff.” The plaintiffs allege that Comaroff didn’t just kiss and grope and make unacceptable sexual comments to women over whom he had power. He explicitly threatened people’s careers if they objected...
    (CNN)Three graduate students in Harvard University's anthropology department are suing the school, claiming it failed to protect students from sexual abuse and career-ending retaliation by a professor, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday.The plaintiffs, Margaret Czerwienski, Lilia Kilburn and Amulya Mandava, allege that John Comaroff, a professor of African and African American Studies and of Anthropology, "kissed and groped students without their consent, made unwelcome sexual advances, and threatened to sabotage students' careers if they complained," according to the lawsuit.The lawsuit further says that the university's failure to act on reports of harassment by the professor demonstrates an "institutional policy of indifference: a system designed to protect the University, its reputation, and the faculty who sustain that reputation at the expense of its students."The plaintiffs are seeking compensatory and punitive damages to be decided by a jury trial, as well as attorney fees, according to the lawsuit.In a statement to CNN, Harvard University said they dispute the allegations in the lawsuit, which they say are "in no way a fair or accurate representation of the thoughtful steps taken by the...
    FREMONT (KPIX 5) – Tesla’s legal troubles continue to mount, as the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing has confirmed to KPIX 5 that the agency is preparing to file a lawsuit against the carmaker. The details of the complaint have not yet been made public, but the agency has been investigating claims at Tesla for several years, probing incidents from 2015-2019, according to Tesla. READ MORE: 1 Dead, 1 Wounded In Early Morning Gunfire Exchange In San Francisco's Sunset DistrictOn Wednesday morning, Tesla broke the news first in a company blog post titled “The DFEH’s Misguided Lawsuit.” “Over the past five years, the DFEH has been asked on almost 50 occasions by individuals who believe they were discriminated against or harassed to investigate Tesla. On every single occasion, when the DFEH closed an investigation, it did not find misconduct against Tesla. It therefore strains credibility for the agency to now allege, after a three-year investigation, that systematic racial discrimination and harassment somehow existed at Tesla. A narrative spun by the DFEH and a handful of plaintiff firms to...
    BOSTON (CBS) – Three graduate students are suing Harvard University over sexual harassment claims against a professor. The women claim the school ignored a decade of harassment complaints against anthropology professor John Comaroff and say that the school enabled Comaroff’s harassment to continue. READ MORE: Parent In College Bribery Scandal Gets Year In PrisonThe suit, which was filed on Tuesday, said Comaroff “kissed and groped students without their consent, made unwelcome sexual advances, and threatened to sabotage students’ careers if they complained.” READ MORE: Motorcyclist Prepares Lawsuit Against Uber After Crash Caught On CameraComaroff is on unpaid leave. MORE NEWS: Police Search For Suspect In Cambridge Bank RobberyHarvard University has not commented on the suit.
    (CNN) — The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing will sue Tesla, alleging systematic racial discrimination and harassment, the automaker said in a blog post Wednesday. Department spokesperson Fahizah Alim declined to confirm or comment on the expected lawsuit. If filed, the lawsuit would be the latest in a series of allegations of racism in Tesla’s workplace. READ MORE: Small Plane Crashes At Paradise Airport In Butte CountyA former Tesla employee, Owen Diaz, was awarded $136.9 million last year when a jury concluded he was subject to a racially hostile workplace. Other lawsuits have alleged a toxic culture. Last week Kaylen Barker, a Black woman who worked at a Tesla manufacturing plant, filed a lawsuit claiming the automaker tolerates “rampant acts of racism” in its factories. Barker’s lawsuit focuses on her employment at Tesla in 2021. Tesla said the anticipated lawsuit from the California DFEH appears to focus on incidents between 2015 and 2019. It called the expected lawsuit “misguided” and objected to the potential claims. “Tesla strongly opposes all forms of discrimination and harassment,” the blog post said....
    Tesla, fighting lawsuits on multiple fronts over alleged racism in its workplaces, has been accused by California’s civil-rights regulator of “systematic racial discrimination and harassment,” the company revealed in a blog post Wednesday. California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing spent three years probing Tesla and intends to sue the company, according to the post, which said the potential lawsuit “appears focused on alleged misconduct by production associates at the Fremont factory that took place between 2015 and 2019.” The post went on to allege that the electric vehicle maker has been unfairly targeted by state authorities. “Despite repeated requests, the (Department of Fair Employment and Housing) has declined to provide Tesla with the specific allegations or the factual bases for its lawsuit,” Tesla said. “Tesla strongly opposes all forms of discrimination and harassment and has a dedicated employee relations team that responds to and investigates all complaints. Tesla has always disciplined and terminated employees who engage in misconduct, including those who use racial slurs or harass others in different ways.” Asked about Tesla’s claims, the state agency said it...
    Elon Musk’s Tesla alleges that the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) plans to file a lawsuit against the company soon alleging systematic racial discrimination and harassment within the company and its production facilities. Reuters reports that Tesla stated on Wednesday that the California DFEH plans to file a lawsuit against the company, claiming that it engaged in systematic racial discrimination and harassment. The lawsuit will be focused on allegations of misconduct occurring at the company’s Fremont, California, facility between 2015 and 2019, according to a statement from Tesla.  (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma) Tesla claims that the DFEH has failed to provide evidence of the automaker’s wrongdoing and that past claims by employees have been investigated and found to be baseless. Tesla said in a statement: Once the DFEH files its lawsuit, Tesla will be asking the court to pause the case and take other steps to ensure that facts and evidence will be heard. To date, despite repeated requests, the DFEH has declined to provide Tesla with the specific allegations or the factual bases for its lawsuit. Attacking a company like...
    Washington, DC (CNN Business)The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing will sue Tesla (TSLA), alleging systematic racial discrimination and harassment, the automaker said in a blog post Wednesday. Department spokesperson Fahizah Alim declined to confirm or comment on the expected lawsuit. If filed, the lawsuit would be the latest in a series of allegations of racism in Tesla's workplace. A former Tesla employee, Owen Diaz, was awarded $136.9 million last year when a jury concluded he was subject to a racially hostile workplace. Other lawsuits have alleged a toxic culture. Last week Kaylen Barker, a Black woman who worked at a Tesla manufacturing plant, filed a lawsuit claiming the automaker tolerates "rampant acts of racism" in its factories. Barker's lawsuit focuses on her employment at Tesla in 2021.Tesla said the anticipated lawsuit from the California DFEH appears to focus on incidents between 2015 and 2019. It called the expected lawsuit "misguided" and objected to the potential claims. Tesla got a subpoena from US government 10 days after Elon Musks Twitter poll"Tesla strongly opposes all forms of discrimination and...
    Three graduate students filed a lawsuit against Harvard University on Tuesday, claiming the school ignored sexual harassment allegations against a renowned professor for years. Lilia Kilburn, Margaret Czerwienski, and Amulya Mandava allege John Comaroff, an anthropology and African American studies professor, kissed and groped students without consent and threatened to derail their careers if they reported his behavior to school administrators. They're asking the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts to grant them a declaratory judgment nullifying Harvard's procedures, a permanent injunction against the institution, and an award of compensatory and punitive damages, among other relief. "Professor Comaroff and his enablers have destroyed the educational opportunities and careers of countless students," the women allege in the case. HARVARD PROFESSOR CONVICTED FOR LYING TO FBI ABOUT CHINA TIES Upon learning of Comaroff's misconduct, Harvard acted "in bad faith, in that the purpose behind Harvard’s practices and policies was to facilitate the evasion of Harvard’s obligations to address sexual misconduct and discrimination associated with Professor Comaroff," the filing says. "Harvard deliberately refused to investigate...
    Three women have sued Harvard University alleging that the prestigious institution ignored sexual harassment allegations against a prominent professor.  The students filed the lawsuit in federal court in Boston on Tuesday, days after Harvard placed John Comaroff, an anthropology professor and expert on South Africa, on administrative leave following a university investigation into his conduct. Plaintiffs Margaret Czerwienski, Lilia Kilburn and Amulya Mandava alleged that Comaroff for years 'kissed and groped students without their consent, made unwelcome sexual advances, and threatened to sabotage students' careers if they complained.' The suit accuses Comaroff of musing to Kilburn that she could be subject to 'corrective rape' or murder if she were seen in a same-sex relationship while doing field work in Africa, a remark she told the New York Times was made with a 'tone of enjoyment.'  In a statement to DailyMail.com, Comaroff's attorneys vehemently denied the allegations, saying their client 'categorically denies ever harassing or retaliating against any student.'   Grad students Amulya Mandava, Lilia Kilburn and Margaret Czerwienski sued Harvard alleging that the institution ignored sexual harassment allegations against a prominent professor...
    Three Harvard University graduate students said in a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday that the Ivy League school for years ignored complaints about sexual harassment by a renowned professor and allowed him to intimidate students by threatening to hinder their careers. “The message sent by Harvard’s actions alleged in the complaint is clear: students should shut up. It is the price to pay for a degree,” Russell Kornblith of Sanford Heisler Sharp, the women’s law firm, said in a statement. The suit filed in U.S. District Court in Boston alleges that one of the students, Lilia Kilburn, was subjected to repeated forcible kissing and groping as early as 2017 by anthropology and African and African American studies professor John Comaroff. On another occasion in 2017, when she met with Comaroff to discuss her plans to study in an African country, he repeatedly said she could be subjected to violence in Africa because she was in a same-sex relationship, the lawsuit said. “Ms. Kilburn sat frozen in shock, while professor Comaroff continued for approximately five minutes,” the suit said. Comaroff, who is...
    Former top New York Post editor Michelle Gotthelf filed a lawsuit against the publication in federal court Tuesday, citing sexual harassment and discrimination. The lawsuit follows Gotthelf’s firing last week after a 21-year career with the publication where she was responsible for hiring reporters and approving news coverage. She most recently held the position of digital editor-in-chief. The 16-page complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York names New York Post former Editor-in-Chief Col Allan, current Editor-in-Chief Keith Poole, NYP Holdings, and parent company News Corp. 'CHILLING MESSAGE': CRITICS SLAM ILLINOIS JUDGE'S REVERSAL OF SEXUAL ASSAULT CONVICTION “For more than two decades, I took great pride in my work shaping coverage at one of the most widely read news organizations in the country,” Gotthelf said in a statement obtained by Law & Crime. “While I never intended to become the news, the truth of what happened to me deserves to be heard. I will miss my colleagues dearly and hope that by speaking out there can be positive change...
    Bryan R. Smith/AFP/Getty Images The former top editor of the New York Post’s website, who was fired last week, in a new lawsuit accuses the paper’s longtime editor in chief Col Allan of “years of sex-based harassment” — including propositions for sex, extensive verbal abuse, and a demand she delete a story on a rape allegation against Donald Trump. Michelle Gotthelf worked at the Post for more than two decades, and rose the ranks to editor in chief of the tabloid’s website. Her lawsuit, which was first reported by the New York Times, was filed the week after she was fired from the Post. According to the lawsuit, Allan propositioned Gotthelf for sex in 2015 when he was top editor of the Post, telling her “We should sleep together.” The alleged request for sex “was the culmination of several years of sex-based harassment that Ms. Gotthelf had to endure because, according to Mr. Allan, Ms. Gotthelf reminded him of his wife,” the suit states. The complaint alleges that Allan was verbally abusive, once telling Gotthelf to “get the fuck out,”...
    NEW YORK (AP) — A New York Post editor whose departure was announced Tuesday alleged she was fired two months after revealing to an executive that former editor Col Allan had sexually harassed her. The Post said any suggestion of wrongdoing related to Editor-in-Chief Keith Poole’s announcement of Michelle Gotthelf’s exit was meritless. Poole, who Gotthelf said fired her in November after more than two decades at the Post, is a defendant in a lawsuit she filed Tuesday, along with Allan, the newspaper’s publishing company and corporate owner News Corp. Gotthelf said Allan’s harassment of her “peaked” in fall 2015 when she was the newspaper’s metro editor. The two were having drinks after an editors’ dinner meeting when Allan said that “we should sleep together,” she said in the lawsuit. She said Allan became hostile when she rejected his advances. She complained to her superiors and human resources, and alleged that Allan was forced to retire shortly thereafter. He returned as a consultant in 2019, however. Gotthelf said their relationship remained tense, and she saw her influence and status in...
    A harassment lawsuit filed against Nicki Minaj was dismissed Wednesday. Plaintiff Jennifer Hough voluntarily dismissed her lawsuit, which alleged that the rapper and her husband, Kenneth "Zoo" Petty, directly and indirectly threatened and harassed her in relation to a 1994 rape accusation against Petty, according to court documents filed with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Hough first filed the suit on Aug. 13, 2021, against Minaj and Petty, accusing them of attempting to intimidate her into recanting her rape accusation. According to the lawsuit, Hough claimed that she was offered $20,000 in exchange for signing a statement recanting her rape accusation, among other things. PRINCE ANDREW DISMISSAL ATTEMPT FAILS Tyrone Blackstone, Hough's lawyer, responded to an email from the Washington Examiner: "The case was voluntarily dismissed in NY as for Ms. Minaj. The case against Mr. Petty is still ongoing. Stay tuned!" Blackstone did not comment on the reasons for the dismissal against Minaj. Minaj and Petty have not publicly commented on the case, but the...
    Riot Games has agreed to pay $100 million in a settlement with women who are current and former employees of the company in a California class-action lawsuit. The “League of Legends” giant was accused of “systemic sex discrimination and harassment” and discrimination against women related to “hiring, assignments, and promotions,” according to a statement released by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), the state’s civil rights enforcement agency, on Monday. The women will receive $80 million of the payment, with the other $20 million going to the plaintiffs’ legal fees, Axios reported. The conduct of companies in the video game industry has been under increased scrutiny in recent years, with the DFEH involved in a separate lawsuit against Activision Blizzard. “This historic agreement reflects California’s commitment to strategic and effective government enforcement of the State’s robust equal-pay, anti-discrimination, and anti-harassment laws,” DFEH Director Kevin Kish said in the statement. Employees of the video game company, Activision Blizzard, hold a walkout and protest rally to denounce the company’s response to a California Department of Fair Employment and Housing...
    The company behind League of Legends is settling a three-year-old sexual harassment lawsuit. Riot Games has agreed to pay $100 million to settle a 2018 gender-based discrimination class-action lawsuit filed by California's Department of Fair Employment and Housing and the company's former employees. "This is a great day for the women of Riot Games — and for women at all video game and tech companies — who deserve a workplace that is free of harassment and discrimination," said Genie Harrison, the plaintiff's counsel overseeing the original lawsuit, in a statement to the Washington Post. "We appreciate Riot's introspection and work since 2018 toward becoming a more diverse and inclusive company." SMASH-AND-GRAB THIEVES STEAL NEARLY $1M IN LUXURY HANDBAGS FROM FL BOUTIQUE Riot's legal troubles began after gaming site Kotaku released an expose of Riot Games's employment practices in August 2018, followed by a lawsuit filed by now-former employees Melanie McCracken and Jess Negron accusing Riot of gender discrimination and sexual harassment. Riot Games, most well known for their popular 5v5 game League of Legends, had...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Riot Games, the publisher behind esports giant “League of Legends,” agreed Monday night to pay $100 million to settle a class-action lawsuit alleging pay disparity, gender discrimination and sexual harassment. The lawsuit was filed in November of 2018 after gaming website Kotaku published a story detailing a sexist culture at Los Angeles-based Riot Games that included women being passed over for promotions, unwanted sexual advances and men questioning women about the legitimacy of their video game fandom. Other former employees later came forward with similar claims. The California Department of Fair Employment said the suit will remedy violations against more than 1,000 women employees and 1,300 women contract workers. Riot has also agreed to improve conditions and provide a more equitable workplace for female employees and applicants. “I am so glad we achieved this first step toward justice for the women of Riot Games,” former employee and plaintiff Jes Negron said in a statement. “I hope this case serves as an example for other studios and an inspiration for women in the industry at large. Women...
    (CNN)Two Georgia election workers are accusing right-wing TV network One America News and former Trump lawyer and pundit Rudy Giuliani of destroying their reputations and prompting Trump supporters to harass them -- filling their lives with fear -- because of false claims of election fraud in 2020.The election workers, Ruby Freeman and Wandrea "Shaye" Moss, say in a new lawsuit that they became the victims of political lies as the pro-Trump media universe spread accusations that they had miscounted ballots during the presidential vote count in Georgia.President Joe Biden won Georgia narrowly against Trump, based on three counts of ballots, and no widespread fraud was found in any state in the 2020 presidential election. In her complaint, Freeman said that because of the election fraud accusations, the FBI advised her to leave her home from January 6, when a mob surrounded it, through the presidential inauguration later that month. She received hundreds of harassing emails, texts and calls -- even a Christmas card that said, "You deserve to go to jail, you worthless piece of sh*t whore." Moss claims strangers...
    Tesla faces six new lawsuits alleging the electric car company is not handling sexual harassment properly. Six women have come forward in lawsuits, claiming they were subjected to constant sexual harassment by co-workers while working inside one of Tesla's California factories. The lawyer for the women said this is not merely a work problem but one based on an internal office culture that does not appear to take sexual harassment claims seriously. "Elon Musk tweeting a lewd comment about women's bodies or a taunt toward employees who report misconduct reflects an attitude at the top that enables the pattern of pervasive sexual harassment and retaliation at the heart of these cases," said David A. Lowe , who is representing all six women in court. "Tesla has failed to take sexual harassment seriously, from the top of the company down." CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER The six lawsuits have been filed in the Alameda County Superior Court. Five of the women were or are currently employed at the Tesla factory in Fremont,...
    The Department of Justice announced on Tuesday that a landlord has agreed to pay $4.5 million in damages and a civil penalty after he was accused of sexual harassment.  Joseph Centanni, who owns hundreds of rentals in New Jersey and was a participant in the federal Housing Choice Voucher Program, was accused of sexually harassing his tenants and applicants for over 15 years, the department said in a statement. According to the DOJ, Centanni brought housing applicants and tenants to empty apartments or empty laundry or storage rooms that he owned. He would then request massages or oral sex. He also would expose himself and force people to touch him sexually. Centanni allowed people who complied with his demands to keep their housing or move in. Prosecutors said he rejected applications or evicted people who did not comply.  “The need for housing is a basic human need,” acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig of the District of New Jersey said in a statement. “Joseph Centanni exploited that need, and the important federal programs that attempt to meet it, by threatening to...
    Tesla faces its second lawsuit from a female employee alleging a "hostile work environment" within its factories. Erica Cloud, a Tesla assembly line worker, is accusing her former manager of sexual harassment, according to a lawsuit filed for unspecified damages in Alameda County Superior Court in California on Wednesday. Tesla forced Cloud to endure "a hostile work environment stemming from animus towards her gender," including sexual harassment, according to the filing . "The pervasive culture of sexual harassment, which includes a daily barrage of sexist language and behavior, including frequent groping on the factory floor, is known to supervisors and managers and often perpetrated by them," the lawsuit said. JOSH DUGGAR FOUND GUILTY ON CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES Cloud's filing claimed her manager hugged and massaged her while making crude and suggestive remarks and that Tesla failed to prevent and take corrective action against those who sexually harassed her. Cloud is the second woman to file a lawsuit against Tesla involving allegations of sexual harassment. Jessica Barraza, a former production associate, filed a lawsuit against...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Her calls for help were ignored. Another victim of the Chicago Park District scandal involving young lifeguards comes forward after two scathing reports led to disciplinary action against dozens of employees and the resignation of the Park District Superintendent last month. READ MORE: Suspect In Waukesha Christmas Parade Tragedy, Darrell Brooks, Charged With Murder; He Has Long Criminal RecordCBS 2 Investigator Megan Hickey reports this victim blew the whistle back in 2017. CBS 2 has the emails here to prove it, sent to city of Chicago beach managers and Human Resources asking to be reassigned because of the harassment she suffered. But she said no one responded. “She asked to be transferred she asked for them to do something. And she never received a response from anyone.  No response. Silence.” She’s listed as Jane Doe in the lawsuit filed Thursday against the Chicago Park District and three lifeguard employees. She worked as a junior lifeguard at Oak Street Beach, a coveted assignment, for four years starting in 2014 when she was just 16 years old. “The mates...
    (CNN Business)Activision Blizzard will pay $18 million to settle a lawsuit by a US government agency alleging harassment and discrimination, the firm said Monday.The gaming company, which owns hugely popular titles such as "Call of Duty," "World of Warcraft" and "Candy Crush," announced it had reached a settlement agreement with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in response to a complaint the agency filed earlier in the day. As part of the settlement agreement, which is subject to court approval, Activision Blizzard (ATVI) said it will create an $18 million fund "to compensate and make amends to eligible claimants." Any remaining amount will either be donated to charities focused on harassment, gender equality and women in the video game industry, or will be used to create diversity and inclusion initiatives within the company, it added."There is no place anywhere at our company for discrimination, harassment, or unequal treatment of any kind, and I am grateful to the employees who bravely shared their experiences," Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick said in a statement. "I remain unwavering in my commitment to make...