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November 29, 1986
Is it necessary for companies who sell granite memorials to circle like vultures around a bereaved family? My entire family has been harassed by mail and phone by these parasites who prey upon those grieving over a deceased. This harassment starts before the earth of the cemetery plot has even settled. I suggest that monument companies adopt a uniform code of ethics. This would alleviate the uncalled for "hard sell" tactics that seem to be a common practice in this area. Greg Bazsa Carteret, N.J.
NEWS
August 21, 1988 | By Kitty Dumas, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nine months after a black couple were attacked in front of their Frankford home by a group of white youths and adults, the family still lives in the neighborhood, the harassment continues and the community is trying to solve the problem. Members of community groups in Frankford are helping the family, Bill and Maryellen Snow and their four children, as well as their young harassers. The attackers have bullied people for years as a matter of course, community leaders said, and are now vengeful because some of their ranks were punished by the courts for the incident Nov. 6. The Snows, the groups' members said, have worked to improve the home they bought nearly four years and do not want to leave.
NEWS
July 25, 1991 | By Lyn A.E. McCafferty, Special to The Inquirer
It started innocently enough. James Diamond wanted to woo Carole Anne Suchomajcz, so he went to ask for permission to date her - from her boyfriend, Steven Rachko. Diamond began badgering and harassing Suchomajcz when she agreed to testify against him about a fistfight that erupted between Diamond and Rachko on her front lawn in the 4000 block of Gideon Road, Chester Township. In County Court last week, Diamond, of the 200 block of Kerwood Drive, Broomall, was sentenced to 24 months probation by Judge Frank T. Hazel for harassing Suchomajcz.
NEWS
December 28, 2012
A Hunting Park man has been arrested on charges of repeatedly exposing himself to a woman on SEPTA's Broad Street Line, and police said he was identified through an anonymous tip. Dysan C. Baysmore, 20, of the 1200 block of West Wingohocking Street, was arrested this month, police said Thursday. Baysmore sat next to a 20-year-old woman on a subway train traveling between the Fern Rock and Olney stations Oct. 31, police said. While sitting next to her, he allegedly exposed himself and inappropriately touched himself, police said.
NEWS
January 16, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, STAFF WRITER
Following the recommendation of the Bucks County District Attorney, police on Thursday charged the Neshaminy High School basketball coach with harassment for knocking down a referee in a game last week. Jerry Devine, who appeared to head-butt the referee, faces a maximum sentence 90 days in jail and a $300 fine for the summary offense. The charge came one day after Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler announced that he had recommended Middletown Township police file charges against Devine.
NEWS
June 14, 2011 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
A former supervisor in the Bucks County courts says coworkers pressured her to leave her job through a campaign of harassment that included adding her black son to a list of child-support evaders in what she describes as a racially discriminatory joke. Mary E. Kasper, who worked for the court system's domestic-relations division until voluntarily leaving last year, made her allegations in a lawsuit filed against the county and the division's director Laura LoBianco last month in a Philadelphia federal court.
NEWS
June 23, 2011
ENOLA, Pa. - A Huntingdon County district justice apologized and paid a fine after pleading guilty to harassment Wednesday following his April 1 arrest at a hotel outside Harrisburg. A court official said District Judge Douglas Gummo paid the $438 penalty for the offense that stemmed from his behavior while attending a judicial conference. Prosecutors dropped charges of public drunkenness and disorderly conduct. Police said Gummo was intoxicated and dressed in a bedsheet when he tried to enter the hotel room of a female judge three times in 40 minutes.
BUSINESS
May 27, 2012 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Welder Solomon Daniels had just grabbed his work clothes from his locker at the Siemens plant near Trenton when, he said, he saw the noose out of the corner of his eye, swinging from the shower curtain rod. "I was more or less terrified," said Daniels, 48, an African American man who lives in Burlington. Horrified by the noose, which evokes lynchings, Daniels looked twice to make sure, then called a coworker into the locker room to witness it. He took pictures. That was Jan. 27. On Friday, Daniels and two other African American employees at Siemens Demag Delaval Turbomachinery Inc. talked to reporters about what they called a factory floor culture of racism and harassment in which African Americans couldn't get promoted and complaints to the human resources department went nowhere.
NEWS
October 29, 1991 | By Jeffrey Fleishman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Bucks County district attorney has cleared a district justice of harassment allegations filed by a Falls Township supervisor who said the district justice phoned him twice late at night and threatened him. "There is no basis to approve criminal charges," District Attorney Alan Rubenstein said of the complaint filed by Keith Gowton against his political enemy, District Justice Dorothy Vislosky. Rubenstein said Gowton's allegation of harassment by communication failed to meet state law, which says the calls must be anonymous, indecent or serve no purpose.
NEWS
September 18, 2009 | By Joelle Farrell INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A former Yeadon councilman pleaded guilty yesterday to two counts of harassment against the borough's former finance director. The plea deal calls for no additional punishment or fines for Terry McGirth, who is alleged to have inappropriately kissed Terri Phifer Vaughn. "After speaking with the victim, this is what was offered," said Erica Parham, Delaware County assistant district attorney. "It is my understanding that she was satisfied with his admission of culpability. " McGirth was ousted from his seat in the summer after a judge ruled that his 2003 Chester County conviction for embezzling $100,000 from an employer barred him from the job. He was sentenced to six to 23 months in prison, followed by seven years of probation.
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NEWS
July 15, 2016 | By Susan Snyder, Staff Writer
Two weeks after he was abruptly dismissed as provost of Temple University - and a day after school officials revealed that they were investigating a sexual harassment complaint against him - Hai-Lung Dai decried the allegations as "complete and utter fabrications. " "I will not rest or retreat until I have pursued every avenue available to me, including through a court of law, to restore my good name," Dai said in a statement Wednesday. On June 28, without explanation, Temple president Neil D. Theobald announced that he had removed Dai. On Tuesday, Temple's board said it intended to dismiss Theobald, blaming him for his handling of Dai's removal and a $22 million deficit in the school's financial aid budget for merit scholarships.
NEWS
July 8, 2016 | By Howard Gensler
YOU DON'T make it all the way through the Miss America competition and Stanford University without a bit of toughness. That grit will be put to the test in Gretchen Carlson 's lawsuit against Fox News CEO Roger Ailes , one of the most powerful men in broadcasting. Carlson sued Ailes on Wednesday in Bergen County, N.J., where Ailes owns a home, claiming she was fired after she refused his sexual advances and complained about harassment in the workplace. Carlson, the 1989 Miss America and former host of Fox & Friends , had worked at Fox News for 11 years.
BUSINESS
July 5, 2016 | By Erin Arvedlund, Staff Writer
Twenty-five years after she alleged sexual harassment by a U.S. Supreme Court nominee, Anita Hill will headline the Pennsylvania Conference for Women on Oct. 6 at the Convention Center. And, yes, Hill plans to talk about how to address harassment in the working world today, for a generation of millennial women who either weren't born or didn't know Hill's name in 1991, the year she appeared before an all-male congressional inquiry. A renowned attorney, author, and law professor, Hill gave testimony during Clarence Thomas' Senate confirmation hearing that ignited a national debate on workplace sexual harassment.
BUSINESS
June 22, 2016
27,893 Complaints alleging harassment received by the EEOC in 2015. $125.5M Amount secured pre-litigation for employees alleging harassment. 33 Lawsuits filed by EEOC alleging harassment. 42 Lawsuits alleging harassment resolved by EEOC. $39M Amount secured for employees in EEOC lawsuits involving harassment. SOURCE: U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
BUSINESS
June 22, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Staff Writer
Six out of 10 LGBT workers experience derogatory comments on their sexual orientation, and half of all transgender employees report being harassed at work - harassment that in some cases includes sexual or physical assault. Those statistics, cited in a 95-page federal report released Monday, follow this month's mass slayings in Orlando as the nation's attention is focused on the safety of the LGBT community. "There is no question that there is bias against the LGBT community in some workplaces," said Philadelphia lawyer Jonathan A. Segal.
SPORTS
June 18, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
Fletcher Cox received a message this week from a teacher in his hometown of Yazoo City, Miss. The teacher assigned her students to write what they wanted to be when they were older. Six wrote "Fletcher Cox. " "You get a lot of kids back home that's like that, and it's a lot of kids that look up to me," Cox said. "I look at it as this is where I came from. And I try to put it through so many young kids' heads that you can make it out of Yazoo City. I tell them if you have the 'want to.' You have to have a plan.
NEWS
June 5, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
A former star swimmer at Malvern Preparatory School has sued it for alleged negligence, accusing officials and employees at the Main Line boys' school of failing to stop a guidance counselor and swimming coach who harassed him sexually for more than a year. In the suit, filed Thursday in Chester County Court, lawyers for William Beard said the school and a private swimming association on campus did not properly supervise Emily Feeney or prevent her actions, even after the student and his father told employees that she had sent a barrage of unwanted sexual emails and text messages.
NEWS
January 16, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, STAFF WRITER
Following the recommendation of the Bucks County District Attorney, police on Thursday charged the Neshaminy High School basketball coach with harassment for knocking down a referee in a game last week. Jerry Devine, who appeared to head-butt the referee, faces a maximum sentence 90 days in jail and a $300 fine for the summary offense. The charge came one day after Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler announced that he had recommended Middletown Township police file charges against Devine.
NEWS
November 30, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
After three boys harassed and distributed explicit photos of a 13-year-old classmate, her life as a freshman at Conestoga High School became "a living hell," in the words of the Chester County district attorney. But she was able this fall to take advantage of a new state law - one that placed her classmates under a court order barring the boys from any contact with her. Following the lead of other states, Pennsylvania's Protection of Victims of Sexual Violence or Intimidation law for the first time expands traditional court-ordered protection from its typical targets - such as ex-spouses and relatives - to acquaintances and strangers.
NEWS
November 5, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
The romance began on Facebook and ended on the third date, after Laura Selvage's new boyfriend made some "creepy comments" when she fell asleep near him as they watched a movie at her parents' Baltimore-area home. Then followed a campaign of abusive calls and text messages, and the sabotage of her social media accounts and emails. Selvage said she sought a restraining order, but was denied. Baltimore County authorities did not seem interested in prosecuting, she said. But in October 2011, Selvage told a Philadelphia jury Tuesday, a Baltimore police officer called and said she should contact Philadelphia police detectives.
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