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February 25, 2003 | By Rita Giordano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A state Superior Court jury yesterday found that a hostile work environment had existed in the Haddonfield Police Department, but it awarded no money to the Jewish corporal who contended he had been the victim of religious discrimination. In a lawsuit that was filed against the borough in 1999 and went to trial six weeks ago, Jason Cutler alleged that he had been subjected to anti-Semitic slurs, including from a fellow officer who was lightly disciplined and then promoted ahead of him. He alleged physical and emotion distress and sought $3.75 million in damages.
NEWS
March 4, 2000 | By Dan Hardy, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Though his contract does not end until May 15 and his successor will not be on board for another month, Delaware County Medical Examiner Dimitri L. Contostavlos has been told to clear out his office and stay away. The county chairman, Wallace H. Nunn, said he issued the order to evict Contostavlos on Thursday because he had created a "hostile work environment" and said it would have been "derelict" to do otherwise. Contostavlos said he had done nothing wrong. He said yesterday that two county park police delivered a letter from Nunn about noon Thursday telling him he had been suspended, effective immediately.
NEWS
September 10, 1993 | by Jim Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
Attorneys Kathleen A. Frederick and Richard H. Glanton, antagonists in a seamy and high-profile court battle over alleged sex discrimination at a big Philadelphia law firm, both contend their jury fumbled the case. Frederick, who was awarded $125,000 in damages for defamation last month, yesterday asked for a new trial but only on the issue of how much money, if any, she's entitled to get from Glanton and the law firm of Reed Smith Shaw & McClay. She contends the jury erred by exonerating the firm of liability and not awarding her any damages for sex discrimination after finding that Glanton "engaged in pervasive and regular sexually discriminatory conduct . . . which created a hostile work environment.
NEWS
December 8, 1999 | By Jon Stenzler, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
City Councilman Ali Sloan El is calling for an investigation into alleged racism by Camden Mayor Milton Milan and City Attorney John A. Misci Jr. Milan, Misci and the city were sued last month in federal court in Camden by six current and former lawyers for the city, who contend they were harassed and intimidated because of their race and politics. All six plaintiffs are African American. Misci, who is white and was appointed city attorney by Milan in December 1997, has denied the allegations.
NEWS
December 11, 2009 | By Barbara Boyer INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A deputy chief with the Camden Police Department has filed a lawsuit against the city, county, and state, alleging he was verbally abused and subjected to a hostile work environment because he is a white male. Michael Tompkins, 50, a 23-year veteran, is on leave for a disability he says was created by the department's top leaders, who repeatedly demeaned him, retaliated against him, and undermined his authority. As a result of the "defendants' discrimination and hostile work environment, plaintiff has been damaged," said the lawsuit, filed late Wednesday afternoon.
NEWS
December 18, 1997 | By Dianna Marder, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A woman who contends that she was touched, pinched and otherwise sexually harassed while working as a dispatcher for the Plymouth Township Police Department will be able to take her case to trial. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, in a ruling made public yesterday, reinstated part of a lawsuit by Cheryl Bonenberger. Bonenberger, of Whitemarsh, contends in the suit that Sgt. Joseph La Penta pinched her on the buttocks, touched her breasts and thighs, made "explicit sexual proposals," and repeatedly requested sexual favors between February 1993 and April 1994.
SPORTS
February 1, 1994 | Daily News Wire Services
Former Minnesota North Stars owner Norman Green is not guilty of sexual harassment against his executive assistant, because he never pressured her for a sexual relationship, according to court papers filed by Green's attorney yesterday. In documents asking for dismissal of the sexual-harassment lawsuit against him, Green argues that kissing, touching and commenting on the appearance of his former assistant, Kari Dziedzic, does not constitute sexual harassment. The motion represents Green's first detailed defense in the high-profile Hennepin County, Minn.
NEWS
May 14, 2010
Former South Philadelphia High Principal LaGreta Brown's troubles didn't start with the attacks on Asian students in December. Brown had problems while working for nearly 10 years in the Atlantic City school system, where she was hired in 1999 as principal of Atlantic City High. In 2002, the Atlantic City superintendent recommended that Brown's contract not be renewed, but he was overruled. In 2003, it was alleged that Brown had ordered the high school's fire alarm be shut off during a trash-can fire but the state Department of Education dismissed the charges, saying there wasn't evidence to sustain them.
NEWS
January 23, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
MORRISVILLE Morrisville hired a police chief Tuesday night, ending more than a year of leaderless turmoil during which a temporary chief quit after two weeks and contended the borough was barreling toward "catastrophe or tragedy. " Council members voted to choose Philadelphia Police Lt. George McClay. Contract details were still being worked out, but the position was advertised at $85,000 to $90,000. McClay will lead the force in the wake of lawsuits filed by one man who contended his fellow officers harassed him and another who filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission alleging a hostile work environment.
NEWS
August 1, 2008 | By Troy Graham INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The state Supreme Court ruled yesterday that a Haddonfield police officer, who is Jewish, had suffered a hostile work environment because of anti-Semitic remarks made by coworkers and supervisors. In its opinion, the court asserted for the first time that the standard for demonstrating religious-based harassment was the same as for sexual and racial discrimination in the workplace. The officer, Jason Cutler, sued after a fellow officer made a comment in 1999 about "those dirty Jews.
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NEWS
January 23, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
MORRISVILLE Morrisville hired a police chief Tuesday night, ending more than a year of leaderless turmoil during which a temporary chief quit after two weeks and contended the borough was barreling toward "catastrophe or tragedy. " Council members voted to choose Philadelphia Police Lt. George McClay. Contract details were still being worked out, but the position was advertised at $85,000 to $90,000. McClay will lead the force in the wake of lawsuits filed by one man who contended his fellow officers harassed him and another who filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission alleging a hostile work environment.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 8, 2013
D EAR ABBY: I work in a skilled-care facility. I am also preparing for law school. Today one of my co-workers humiliated me in the presence of others by asking if I have been gaining weight. I giggled and said, "Probably. " She proceeded to say that I have gained "a lot" of weight in my "fat face" and told me to get on the scale so she could see how much. I told her it's none of her business. She has done this to me and other co-workers before. Our supervisor likes her and doesn't reprimand her. How should I handle this?
SPORTS
July 27, 2012
FORMER UNION manager Peter Nowak endangered his players, created a hostile work environment and was insubordinate to his superiors, according to his letter of termination, a copy of which was obtained by the Daily News. The letter from Pennsylvania Professional Soccer LLC also claims that during his time as manager, Nowak showed little regard for player safety, specifically noting that he directed "strenuous training activities" in excessive heat, denying players access to water.
NEWS
May 15, 2010 | By Kristen A. Graham and Jeff Gammage INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
When they hired LaGreta Brown as the new principal of South Philadelphia High School last summer, officials knew she did not have an active Pennsylvania principal's certification, they said. Brown was supposed to get emergency certification but never did. She served as principal for eight months anyway and resigned Thursday after The Inquirer raised questions about her credentials. Schools Superintendent Arlene Ackerman acknowledged Friday that there could be others in the district with similar problems.
NEWS
May 15, 2010 | By Kristen A. Graham and Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writers
When they hired LaGreta Brown as the new principal of South Philadelphia High School last summer, officials knew she did not have an active Pennsylvania principal's certification, they said. Brown was supposed to get emergency certification but never did. She served as principal for eight months anyway and resigned Thursday after The Inquirer raised questions about her credentials. Schools Superintendent Arlene Ackerman acknowledged Friday that there could be others in the district with similar problems.
NEWS
May 14, 2010
Former South Philadelphia High Principal LaGreta Brown's troubles didn't start with the attacks on Asian students in December. Brown had problems while working for nearly 10 years in the Atlantic City school system, where she was hired in 1999 as principal of Atlantic City High. In 2002, the Atlantic City superintendent recommended that Brown's contract not be renewed, but he was overruled. In 2003, it was alleged that Brown had ordered the high school's fire alarm be shut off during a trash-can fire but the state Department of Education dismissed the charges, saying there wasn't evidence to sustain them.
NEWS
December 11, 2009 | By Barbara Boyer INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A deputy chief with the Camden Police Department has filed a lawsuit against the city, county, and state, alleging he was verbally abused and subjected to a hostile work environment because he is a white male. Michael Tompkins, 50, a 23-year veteran, is on leave for a disability he says was created by the department's top leaders, who repeatedly demeaned him, retaliated against him, and undermined his authority. As a result of the "defendants' discrimination and hostile work environment, plaintiff has been damaged," said the lawsuit, filed late Wednesday afternoon.
NEWS
August 1, 2008 | By Troy Graham INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The state Supreme Court ruled yesterday that a Haddonfield police officer, who is Jewish, had suffered a hostile work environment because of anti-Semitic remarks made by coworkers and supervisors. In its opinion, the court asserted for the first time that the standard for demonstrating religious-based harassment was the same as for sexual and racial discrimination in the workplace. The officer, Jason Cutler, sued after a fellow officer made a comment in 1999 about "those dirty Jews.
NEWS
June 1, 2006 | By Sam Wood INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
For the first time in 12 years, the field is wide open in the race for Camden County sheriff, with no incumbent running. The department was tarnished last year when several sheriff's officers were accused of sending sexually explicit e-mails on office computers. It was not the first time the office had come under fire. Under the watch of outgoing Sheriff Michael McLaughlin, several lawsuits had been filed by current and former officers citing harassment and a hostile work environment.
SPORTS
January 20, 2005 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
One of the leading topics of conversation yesterday in the Atlanta Falcons locker room was the Eagles' fans, considered among the most passionate, spirited and opinionated in all of sports. If anybody thinks that players aren't affected by the crowd, just listen to Falcons running back Warrick Dunn. "I would say [Philadelphia is] one of the most hostile environments I think a player can play in because the fans are rude, . . . the crowd is definitely behind the Eagles, and it's a situation of you against them," Dunn said after practice at the Falcons facility.
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