Posted On: November 30, 2009

Victim of Racial Discrimination Receives $1 Million To Settle Lawsuit

Donna Auguste, a high-tech entrepreneur, settled her lawsuit for $1 million against Santa Clara California and Larimar County, Colorado. Santa Clara County will pay Auguste $750,000 and Larimar County will pay $250,000. Auguste filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in 2003 after she alleged sheriff’s deputies and investigators with the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office used false information to obtain a search warrant for her Lyons home. She claims one reason they did this is because of her race-black. She alleged racial discrimination.

Auguste alleged she was harassed and intimidated by Santa Clara authorities after she investigated a sexual assault case involving her nephew, Damon Auguste. The lawsuit claimed California authorities tried to harass and intimidate witnesses and members of Damon Auguste’s family including Donna Auguste. The harassment included having sheriff’s deputies execute a search warrant based on false information from the California authorities.


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Posted On: November 29, 2009

More Than Popcorn At This Movie Theatre

A national movie theater chain,Regal Entertainment Group, will pay $175,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit. The lawsuit was filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") which alleged the company subjected a male employee to sexual harassment by a female co-worker. The lawsuit also alleged the company engaged in retaliation when he complained about the sexual harassment. The EEOC also alleged that as a result of the conduct a hostile work environment existed.

In its lawsuit it was alleged a female co-worker repeatedly grabbed a male workers crotch. The male employee asked the female to stop and when she would not he reported the sexual harassment to his direct supervisor. The direct supervisor then notified the general manager, and she failed to take action and the sexual harassment continued. Additionally the general manager retaliated against the male employee and two other supervisory employees who witnessed the sexual harassment. The retaliation took the form of unfair performance evaluations which were lower than they should have been, unwarranted discipline, and a level of scrutiny of daily job performance that was not warranted.

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Posted On: November 28, 2009

Employee Raped and Awarded $3 Million to Settle Lawsuit

Tracy Barker claimed she was raped in 2005 while working in Iraq for KBR inc. a former Halliburton Co. subsidiary. Barker claimed a former state department employee worked for KBR in Basra and sexual assaulted her, resulting in her rape. Barker was housed in mostly male barracks and consistently subjected to physical threats of sexual abuse and sexually explicit comments. Barker made a claim of sexual harassment against KBR inc. and the rapist personally.

Barker alleged other employees along with her complained to the companies but they did nothing and instead engaged in retaliation. She was awarded nearly $3 million by an arbitrator to settle her case. A federal judge in Houston had dismissed Barker's lawsuit in January 2008, because when she signed her employment contract she agreed that any dispute would be settled by arbitration. Looks like even with arbitration the company wasn't able to weasel their way out of paying a fair amount and giving Barker the justice she deserves.

"It took me a long time to get here. I'm happy about the award," Barker, 38, who lives in Yuma, Arizona.


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Posted On: November 27, 2009

Reverse Racial Discrimination Lawsuit Settles For $145,000

William E. Hill, a white man was once the city of Dayton's director of Information and Technology Services until he was fired by former black City Manager Rashad Young. This led to Hill filing a claim of reverse discrimination alleging racial discrimination. The Dayton City Commission will pay a $145,000 to settle this racial discrimination lawsuit.

To further complicate matters, city records show that during Young’s tenure as a manager, half of the 24 employees he hired were white men. The problems began because of a dispute over other employees and in the end Young and Hill were pitted against each other. An exhaustive investigation was completed and in the end the city decided settling was the most practical approach.

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Posted On: November 25, 2009

State Farm Sued For Sexual Harassment

Kristi Mitchell and Veronica Cobb both worders for State Farm insurance agent Obie Sorrell filed a lawsuit against him and the parent company alleging sexual harassment. The two women also are claiming a hostile work environment. Mitchell is the office office manager with over 7 years with the company while Cobb was hired as a customer service manager in May. State Farm in headquartered in Bloomington Illinois. With offices in Peoria and Chicago I see many cases like this were the boss creates a hostile work environment and the corporate office only cases about how it may affect them.

According to the lawsuit Sorrell repeatedly made vile comments to both women and called Cobb a "prostitute" and a "whore". Allegedly he said she was sleeping with policyholders. The lawsuit alleges that Sorrell would put his hands on both women even though they asked him to stop. Mitchell and Cobb complained to two State Farm officials, about Sorrell's alleged behavior, but nothing was done and the sexual harassment continued. The two women claim at one point State Farm executives apologized to them but were only interested in if the women were going to file a lawsuit.

When Cobb asked Sorrell not to call her a prostitute, according to the complaint, Sorrell replied, "This is my shop. My name is on the sign and if you don't like it you can get out."

Comments like that are a form of retaliation in Illinois. If a boss or management threatens a negative job action because you are trying to complain about sexual harassment or otherwise stop the sexual harassment you can file a claim with the Illinois Department of Human Rights.

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Posted On: November 24, 2009

IHOP Pays $105,000 in Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

The International House of Pancakes ("IHOP") will pay $105,000 to two waitresses who were sexually harassed by an assistant manager.The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") handled the case on behalf of the two waitresses and a federal jury awarded them $105,000 at the conclusion of the trial. Both waitresses were teenagers when they worked for IHOP, and according to testimony at trial were subjected to unwelcome physical touching, propositions for sex and sexual comments. This behavior created a hostile work environment. Additionally one of the waitresses alleged retaliation because she refused to the sexual advances.

Other waitresses said they faced sexual harassment and reported that IHOP, did not correct the situation. The assistant manager accused of the sexual harassment quit for unexplained reasons, at the time the investigation started. One waitress could have received more money but jurors were presented with evidence of her MySpace page, with links to sexually-charged materials. You can see how important it is to not have that type of material on the Internet. The second waitress who didn't have that type of material on the Internet was awarded $100,000 in punitive damages.

It is clear the jury was "outraged" by the way the company handled the situation, Jean Kamp, associate regional attorney for the EEOC Chicago District Office said.

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Posted On: November 20, 2009

University of Nebraska Woman Fired For Being A Witch Turns Broom on School and Receives $40,000

A woman, named Jane Doe to protect her identity, sued the University of Nebraska alleging she was fired because she is a witch. In her religious discrimination lawsuit she alleges she was hired directing the youth program and did her job satisfactory but an associate dean terminated her after learning she was a witch. The University agreed to settle the lawsuit for $40,000 without admitting liability. This type of discrimination violates an employees constitutional rights.

The case was fired filed with the Nebraska Equal Opportunity Commission ("NEOC") which is similar in Illinois to the Illinois Department of Human Rights ("IDHR"). Jane Doe alleged the University of Nebraska violated her free speech and freedom of expression rights as well as her freedom to practice the religion of her choice. The NEOC found reasonable cause to believe religious discrimination had taken place in this case.


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Posted On: November 19, 2009

Your Email History May Hurt Your Sexual Harassment Case

In a recent case, Seybert v. International Group Inc, email was used by the defense to show that the plaintiff in a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit would not have been as offended by the conduct of the defendant as she claims. The jury said, plaintiff Susan Seybert was not sexually harassed by her supervisor, Brett Marchand, and there was no retaliation aginst Seybert once she complained to management.

What happend in this case is the defense utilized emails of a sexual nature that Seybert sent to other individuals which showed things of a sexual nature did not offend her. According to the lawsuit, the emails used sexual words, metaphors, puns and other innuendo to amuse, entertain and convey various humorous messages. In lawsuits involving sexual harassment a plaintiff must satisfy both an objective and a subjective test when alleging a hostile work environment. It is very important to utilize your company email for business only and to be aware that the company can get into your computer and retreive even deleted emails.

At trial the defense used a e-mail which showed a photo of a naked man in a Santa hat, lying on his belly, with a caption that told the recipient to turn him over to get at the "present."

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Posted On: November 18, 2009

Tavern On The Green Pays $2.2 Million To Settle Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") and legendary restaurant Tavern on the Green settled a sexual harassment lawsuit for $2.2 million. According to the lawsuit there were claims of sexual harassment, a hostile work environment and retaliation. The alleged sexual harassment included groping female staff members, demands for sex and sexual favors and the regular use of graphic sexual comments.

As is typical in these types of settlements the Tavern on the Green denied any wrongdoing as part of the settlement. The managers accused of engaging in severe and pervasive sexual harassment, and retaliation are not longer working for the restaurant. Most of the sexual harassment came from one long-time manager who has since left the restaurant. You can see how expensive the conduct of one manager can be to a business.

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Posted On: November 17, 2009

Cost Of Investigating Sexual Harassment Claims

As a follow-up to yesterdays blog on the cost of sexual harassment to a company here is another example pulled from the new. The San Bernardino County Board will double the money paid to a law firm investigating a sexual harassment claim against District Attorney Michael A. Ramos. The law firm is asking for $140,000 to complete the investigation. The investigation is being handled by the law firm of Curiale Hirschfield Kraemer which needs more money because the investigation has become more complex than initially expected.

The case started when a seven-year employee of the District Attorneys office, alleged she had a 17-month affair with District Attorney Ramos and experienced on-the-job retaliation after a local weekly newspaper published articles alleging trysts between Ramos and his colleagues and subordinates. The woman is claiming sexual harassment and retaliation. According to the claim she had a spotless employment record until this summer, when she received a negative performance review and was written up for dress code violations, which she claim are acts of retaliation. You can see how expensive just the investigation into the behavior of another employee alleged to have engaged in sexual harassment can be.

"Like all investigations, one thing can lead to another," San Bernardino County spokesman David Wert said.


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Posted On: November 16, 2009

The Cost Of A Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

Defending a claim of sexual harassment can be a very expensive proposition. The employer must hire an attorney and decide to either settle or take their chances at trial with either a judge or jury. Many times if the employer does not settle early the legal fees will just keep rising and the employer will feel a vested interested in continuing to fight the lawsuit. Look at the following case to see the potential expense involved.

Stanislaus county supervisors agreed to pay three female sheriff's records clerks a combined $545,000 to settle a lawsuit just days before its trial date. This is after the county spent about $310,000 on legal fees, which brings the total to almost $900,000. One has to wonder how much the county could have settled the case for when it first received notice of the sexual harassment claim. Certainly it could have settled prior to spending so much on legal fees.

In addition to claims of sexual harassment, there are also usually claims of retaliation. In my office in Chicago I see many claims where both sexual harassment and retaliation are involved. Many management employees and human resource departments seem to be untrained on how to handle claims of sexual harassment and end up punishing the person who files the complaint. This usually ends up leaving the complaining employee in a hostile work environment.


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Posted On: November 15, 2009

Woman Awarded $2.5 Million in Gender Discrimination Lawsuit

The Fresno city's fire department discriminated against one of its recruits because she was a woman and as a result a jury awarded Michelle Maher nearly $2.5 million in her gender discrimination lawsuit. Maher alleged she was a victim of gender discrimination and a hostile work environment when she was forced out of a Fresno fire department training class. A hostile work environment exists when an employee is treated different because of some discriminatory conduct and the treatment results in an adverse employment decision.

According to evidence presented during the federal trial Maher was intentionally forced out of the training class even though some male recruits with lower test scores remained in the training class. Many times gender discrimination is proved by comparing similarly situation males and females to see that one gender is not being fairly treated. It is rare that managers or executives come right out and send a memo not to hire females or to drop them from training because of their gender.

"It's just overwhelming to think that it's over," Maher said after the verdict.


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Posted On: November 14, 2009

Massey Energy Pays $8.75 Million To Settle Age Discrimination Lawsuit

Massey Energy and its subsidiary Spartan Mining Company settled a lawsuit alleging age discrimination for $8.75 million. The lawsuit was a class action led by five minors who alleged that Massey failed to hire workers over 40 years old in violation of the West Virginia Human Rights Act. In all the lawsuit involved more than 200 job applicants. Under the terms of the settlement, 82 miners will each receive $38,000 in back pay and general compensatory damages with 141 job applicants each receiving $19,000.

In Illinois charges of age discrimination can be filed with the Illinois Department of Human Rights ("IDHR") or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC"). I file charges with both agencies but prefer to file with the IDHR because I believe the state investigates better and in a more timely fashion. Many times a company that engages in this type of behavior does it on a large scale.

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Posted On: November 13, 2009

Bellco Credit Union Pays $57,250 To Settle Age Discrimination Lawsuit

Bellco Credit Union will pay $57,250 to settle an age discrimination lawsuit which was filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commis­sion ("EEOC") on behalf of a 61-year-old bank teller was fired because of her age. The lawsuit was filed under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act ("ADEA") which prohibits employment discrimination because of age. The ADEA applies to males and females over the age of 40.

Age discrimination seems to be a growing problem in Illinois and throughout the country. Because the unemployment rate is over 10%, many employers believe they can treat employees in a harsh and discriminatory fashion and not face any consequences. With cuts in both the state and federal budgets, many agencies don't have the resources to properly investigate claims of age discrimination and other forms of discrimination. It is important to get an employment lawyer involved early in the process to protect your rights and get the compensation you deserve.


“The EEOC takes age discrimination, and all discrimination, very seriously. In these economically challenging times, fair treatment by employers is more important than ever." said
Rayford Irvin, Acting Director of the EEOC's Phoenix District Office.


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Posted On: November 12, 2009

Movie Theatre Pays $175,000 To Settle Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

A national movie theater chain, Regal Entertainment Group agreed to pay $175,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit. The lawsuit was brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") on behalf of a male worker who was being sexually harassed by a female co-worker. According to the lawsuit the company subjected a male employee to sexual harassment by a female co-worker and then retaliated against him for complaining about the unlawful conduct – along with two supervisors who tried to help.

According to the lawsuit a female co-worker who repeatedly grabbed his crotch. The male reported this conduct to his direct supervisor who complained to the theater’s then-general manager, but she failed to take adequate steps to stop or prevent the harassment. Instead, the general manager engaged in retaliation against the harassed employee and two other supervisory employees (male and female), who are part of the EEOC’s lawsuit. In Illinois retaliation includesd discipline, lower performance evaluations or other adverse job actions that are not warrented.

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Posted On: November 11, 2009

Cheesecake Factory Dishes Out $345,000 For Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

The Cheesecake Factory Inc. is paying $345,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit alleging six male employees were subjected to sexual harassment. The lawsuit was filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC"), on behalf of the males and also includes allegations that the company was on notice about the sexual harassment and tolerated repeated sexual assaults against the employees by a group of male kitchen staffers.

Some of the salacious details in the lawsuit include allegations the alleged abusers directly touched employees’ genitals, forced employees into repeated episodes of simulated rape and made sexually charged remarks. The EEOC contends that management was aware of the sexual harassment, were given formal complaints and did nothing to stop it. At the end the males called the police. This type of behavior can stay with employees their entire life and can alter their life. It is outrageous that management did nothing to stop the sexual harassment.

“The evidence was clear, and everyone knew about it,” said Mary Jo O’Neill, regional attorney of the EEOC’s Phoenix District Office. “Behind the lavish decor that the company boasts on its Web site was a horribly dysfunctional workplace where male workers lived in fear.”

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Posted On: November 10, 2009

Arbonne International Settles ADA Lawsuit For $30,000

Arbonne Internaltional which operates as a skin care products company is paying $30,000 to settle an American's with Disabilities Act ("ADA") lawsuit. The lawsuit was brought on behalf of Lisa Wilson by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC"). According to the lawsuit Wilson who is deaf was not hired by the company because of her disability. Especially today with unemployment at over 10% many companies believe they can discriminate against a prospective employee and get away with it.

In cases like this many people are unsure of their rights and are afraid to come forward and complain. Additionally, many times there is not clear evidence and the complaining person must rely on the investigative techniques of a good attorney. Getting a good attorney involved in the case early is the best way to protect your rights. In addition to the monetary settlement, Arbonne International must comply with prohibitions against further discrimination, train employees on discriminatory conduct and post and distribute a policy of non-discrimination.

EEOC Regional Attorney Laurie Young noted, “The ADA was passed to protect applicants like Lisa Wilson who are willing and able to work but are discriminated against by employers who may have false perceptions about disabilities.”

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Posted On: November 9, 2009

Female Construction Worker Gets $150,000 For Being Forced To Wear Diapers

Lisa Drozdowski claimed that she had to wear adult diapers at her job at Danella Construction Corp. because it would not provide portable toilets and recently she was awarded $150,000 in a gender-discrimination lawsuit brought on her behalf by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC"). The men at the construction sites would just go to the bathroom in holes but Drozdowski had to walk a great distance to use a restroom. When Drozdowski complainted to management she suffered retaliation when the company stopped giving her work.

Four other female employees of Danella Construction Corp., also claimed that they were discriminated against because of gender, split an additional $50,000. According to the complaint other female flaggers who were present would shield each other from passing cars and co-workers with blankets while they went to the bathroom on the side of the road. The additional problem facing Drozdowski was that she was the only woman on a job and could not go to the bathroom and ended up urinating on herself. Rather than continue to urinate on herself she started to wear adult diapers to work each day.

"It was humiliating, but I needed the job." said Drozdowsky.

Drozdowsky is a single mother with three children.


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Posted On: November 8, 2009

Nissan Car Dealership Pays $455,000 To Settle Sexual Harassment and Retaliation Lawsuit

Tim Dahle Nissan settled a lawsuit for sexual harassment and retaliation by paying $455,000 and other substantial remedial relief. The lawsuit was filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC)" on behalf of five female employees who allegedly were subjected to unwelcome sexual comments and conduct. According to the lawsuit some of the conduct included many requests for sexual favors and sexually explicit language. According to the women many of the salesmen and sales managers took part in the sexual harassment over a period of several years.

An additional charge in the complaint was that Tim Dahle Nissan engaged in retaliation against one woman by firing her because she complained about the sexual harassment. In Illinois as in other states it is a violation of state law and federal law to fire an employee or take other adverse employment action if the employee complains about sexual harassment. Many times an employer doesn't want to deal with a complaint and finds it easier to fire the employee.

“Sexual harassment is always unacceptable, and it is especially disturbing when the harassers are mistreating a teenager in the workplace, as was the case here,” said EEOC Acting Chairman Stuart J. Ishimaru. “The EEOC takes its mission to eradicate this misconduct very seriously.”


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Posted On: November 6, 2009

Restaurant Pays Over $1 Million To Settle Gender Discrimination Lawsuit

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") settlement a gender discrimination class action lawsuit for $1,025,000 and far reaching injunctive relief against Lawry's Restaurants, Inc., for allegedly failing to hire men into food server positions for decades.
According to court papers Lawry’s maintained a longstanding companywide policy of hiring only women for server positions in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits sex-based discrimination (also known as gender discrimination).

In one of the most bizarre set of facts uncovered in an investigation the EEOC found that Lawry’s policy barring men from being hired as servers had existed since 1938, despite the enactment of Title VII a quarter century later. Remarkably Lawry’s claimed the policy was based on tradition. I guess you could burn crosses on someones front lawn and claim it was based on tradition and Lawry's would understand? Please.

"Sex discrimination, against men and women alike, continues to be a problem in the 21st century workplace,” said EEOC Acting Chairman Stuart J. Ishimaru. “This case should remind corporate America that employment decisions must be based on merit and ability to do the job – not on gender stereotypes.”

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Posted On: November 4, 2009

Firefighters File Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

Kathy Rogers and Lisa Theberge who are two female firefighters filed a lawsuit against Westbrook's fire department, mayor and city administrator, claiming they failed to address sexual harassment that was documented in complaints to the Maine Human Rights Commission ("MHRC"). The MHRC is similar to the Illinois Department of Human Rights ("IDHR") and is where I file most of my sexual harassment complaints. Both women are on paid administrative leave and are alleging obscene sexual harassment and discriminatory behavior in their lawsuit.

According to the allegations in the lawsuit several male firefighters, including the deputy chief, lieutenants and captains, engaged in incidents ranging from masturbation and pornography at the station to a sexual affair and sex at a fire department gathering. In one particular instance it is alleged that the deputy chief once approached Theberge and began stroking her hair. He was put on unpaid administrative leave for two weeks and, the lawsuit says, ''allowed to take it a day each week for his convenience.'' Some male firefighters groped female victims in the rescue vehicle and bragged about it afterwards. They were put on unpaid administrative leave for two weeks, discipline that Webber, one of the attorney's for the two firefighters called ''disproportionate to their conduct.''

''Sexual harassment is alive and well in the city of Westbrook at a level that's shocking to imagine,'' Webber said.

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Posted On: November 3, 2009

Ruby Tuesday Dishes Out More Than Food and Pays $225,000 To Settle Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

Six employees of Ruby Tuesday settled their sexual harassment lawsuit for a total of $225,00 which was broken down as follows: Michelle Gydosh, $101,000, Melissa Johnson, $32,000,
Rosemary Singer, $57,000, Dawn Kovacs, $60,000 and Nicole Wallace, $5,000. According to the lawsuit General Manager Christopher Mendoza made sexually charged remarks to adult and teen female employees. Sometimes he also remarked about customers.

Former Ruby Tuesday waitress Michelle Gydosh complained that the sexually harassing environment was so intolerable that she was unable to continue working there. Five co-workers joined Gydosh in the lawsuit, with each woman making similar claims. Gydosh said that from August 2006 onward, Mendoza repeatedly made embarrassing sexual remarks about her body, such as "your breasts look good today" or "your breasts look really nice."

According to the complaint, Mendoza constantly told Gydosh that she was "hot" and that he wanted to "make a porn video" with her.

In June 2007, Gydosh became ill during her shift and a co-worker asked Mendoza if Gydosh could go home. "All she needs is a good (expletive) up her (expletive), and I'd be good for that," Mendoza replied, according to the complaint. Disgusted, Gydosh left the restaurant and submitted a written complaint through Ruby Tuesday's complaint hotline. Gydosh also complained directly to Krista Williams, regional service manager, and to Jim James, district manager. In all instances Ruby Tuesday was put on notice of the sexual harassment and hostile work environment and did nothing to stop it.

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Posted On: November 2, 2009

Religious Discrimination Lawsuit Filed by Wiccan

Gina Uberti a Wiccan, says she worked for Bath and Body Works for 8 years, and for 6 years had been allowed to make the annual trip in October celebrate the Wiccan holiday of Samhain.
Uberti says she was granted her request to take vacation the week of Oct. 31, 2008 by her boss at the time, regional manager Scott Kerby. But Kerby was replaced by Sandra Scibelli, whom Bath and Body Works hired in 2008, according to the complaint. Uberti was fired in November 2008 and as a result filed a religious discrimination lawsuit and is seeking lost wages and punitive damages.

According to the lawsuit many Wiccans go to Salem, Mass. to celebrate their new year, which begins at sundown on Oct. 31. In the lawsuit Uberti says Scibelli told her that she should get her priorities straight.

Ubertia the self proclaimed Wiccan claims her boss told her, "You will need a new career in your new year. ... I will be damned if I have a devil-worshipper on my team."

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