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November 19, 2000 | From Associated Press
Chicago-area women who sued Ford Motor Co. for sexual harassment will get $9 million to end the lawsuits, $1.5 million more than the company's original settlement in 1998. U.S. District Judge Elaine Bucklo had called the first settlement with the auto maker "disappointing" and certified the case as a class-action suit, which allowed further legal action. She approved the increased settlement--Ford's response to the judge's class-action ruling--on Friday.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 2013 | By Tony Perry and Richard Marosi
SAN DIEGO - After six weeks of civic turmoil over his treatment of women, Mayor Bob Filner submitted his resignation Friday, and the City Council approved a deal to pay for some of his expenses from a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a former aide. In an emotional and defiant address to the council after the vote was announced, Filner apologized to his victims and supporters but also said he had been victimized by "the hysteria of the lynch mob" caused by politicians and the media once the allegations by some 18 women became public.
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BUSINESS
March 14, 1997 | JAMES S. GRANELLI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two women in separate lawsuits have accused an Orange County securities firm and its operators of pervasive sexual harassment, citing a stream of incidents that included groping, kissing and attempts at sexual relations. The women contend that Foresight Capital Management Inc. in Irvine and its president, Robert Lechman, fostered a hostile environment for the few female workers there. One suit also names as defendants brokers Rene Molina, Greg Escalante and Nader Mokri.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - Instead of showing up at City Hall as promised, Mayor Bob Filner was spotted Monday entering a downtown office building, apparently to engage in mediation aimed at settling a sexual harassment lawsuit brought by a former staff member. After an all-day session, attorney Gloria Allred emerged with her client, Filner's former director of communications Irene McCormack Jackson, and said only that the mediation was "ongoing" and being supervised by retired federal Judge J. Lawrence Irving.
OPINION
May 13, 2003
Re "Bill to Protect Religious Expression on the Job Causes Concern," May 10: If I entertained for a moment a vote for Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) for president, he just lost it. Co-sponsoring a ridiculous religious expression bill with the likes of Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) while running for president is nothing more than pandering to the conservative religious right. That group doesn't need any more support with President Bush at the helm -- especially from the likes of Kerry. Are we, too, becoming a theocracy?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 1994 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former employee filed a lawsuit against Cineplex Odeon and its Universal City Cinemas on Thursday, charging that the management of the movie theater complex at Universal Studios condoned a "pervasive environment of sexual harassment." Karen Kenney, 26, who worked as a personnel manager for Universal City Cinemas for about a year and a half before she was fired, said she was fondled and subjected repeatedly to crude jokes and explicit accounts of their sexual exploits by other employees.
BUSINESS
May 9, 1997 | MARLA MATZER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"Whether we like it or not, because we are Disney, we are held to a higher standard. But that is appropriate." --Michael Eisner, Walt Disney Co. chairman and chief executive in Disney's 1994 annual report * Disney's "higher standard" is being challenged in Los Angeles County Superior Court this week as the first of four sexual harassment suits filed against three Walt Disney Co. employees comes to a close.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 1987 | LEONARD BERNSTEIN, Times Staff Writer
When Susan Taveras set sail Monday night aboard the seiner Antonina C, the era of male-only government observers on San Diego's tuna boats came to an end. And the tuna industry discovered its latest controversy. The American Tunaboat Assn., which represents the 32 vessels in the local fishing fleet, is registering vehement opposition to a new federal policy that for the first time allows women marine biologists to spend 50 to 100 days at sea with all-male tuna boat crews.
NEWS
December 19, 1996 | MARY F. POLS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Until last week, Patricia Tehaney always considered being Playboy's Miss May 1976 centerfold an asset. Her appearance in the magazine two decades ago--leaning against a pinball machine, clad only in knee-high python-skin boots--was something she considered a dream come true for a 19-year-old California girl. But Tehaney, now 39, says that asset turned into a liability last week when she was fired from her job as an office manager for Hydrex Pest Control in Santa Barbara.
NEWS
May 13, 1993 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Anaheim police sergeant has been suspended with pay while the department investigates complaints that he sexually harassed several women who work for him. Anaheim Police Chief Joseph T. Molloy said that the complaints against the officer involve verbal harassment and that no physical contact is alleged. The chief, who said the investigation is nearing completion, declined to discuss the allegations in more detail or name the officer involved. But Sgt. Jerry R.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 2013 | By Tony Perry
The San Diego City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to file a lawsuit against Mayor Bob Filner to recover any money the city has to pay due to the sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a former top aide to the mayor. The suit will seek to recover any damages ordered by the court, or agreed to as part of a pretrial settlement, arising from the lawsuit filed against the city and Filner by the mayor's former director of communications, Irene McCormack Jackson. The vote was taken in closed session.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - Irene McCormack Jackson called it "one of the proudest days of my life" when she went to work for Mayor Bob Filner as his director of communications late last year, even if it meant taking a $50,000 pay cut. She said she believed his campaign promise to treat employees with respect and was thrilled to be part of "a progressive administration dedicated to improving the lives" of San Diego residents. But soon her job became a nightmare, Jackson said, as she was subjected to the "Filner headlock" and repeated comments by the 70-year-old Democrat that he wanted to kiss her, have sex with her, even marry her. On one occasion, she said, he suggested she should work without her panties on. "His behavior made me feel ashamed, frightened and violated," Jackson said at a news conference Monday to announce a sexual harassment lawsuit against the city and Filner, filed on her behalf by Los Angeles attorney Gloria Allred.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 2012 | By Teresa Watanabe and Angel Jennings, Los Angeles Times
The pastor of First African Methodist Episcopal Church, the oldest black pulpit in Los Angeles, has been reassigned after a controversial eight years that included a sexual harassment lawsuit, a federal tax investigation and questionable use of church credit cards. Pastor John J. Hunter was moved to Bethel AME San Francisco by Bishop T. Larry Kirkland. Neither Kirkland nor Hunter could be reached for comment Friday. Kirkland appointed the San Francisco church's pastor, the Rev. J. Edgar Boyd, to take the helm in Los Angeles.
BUSINESS
March 10, 2011 | By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
A New York judge has temporarily halted a $250-million sexual harassment lawsuit brought by a former employee against Dov Charney, the controversial chief executive of American Apparel Inc. The ruling came in response to a motion filed Wednesday by the Los Angeles clothing maker that contended that the issues raised by Irene Morales' lawsuit should be settled in confidential arbitration and not at trial. She alleged in her lawsuit that Charney forced her to perform oral sex in his New York apartment in 2008, when she was 18, and that he sexually harassed her for months, including demanding that she send him explicit photographs, e-mails and text messages.
BUSINESS
September 2, 2010 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles, Los Angeles Times
Teresa Sanchez, a former janitor, described being touched inappropriately by her supervisor and being fired after she complained about it. "I asked for help and they wouldn't help me, and instead my supervisor would laugh at me even more," Sanchez said. "It was easier for the company to let me go and that's what they did. " Sanchez spoke at a downtown Los Angeles news conference Thursday, where the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced a $5.8-million settlement with Sanchez's former employer, ABM Industries Inc. of New York.
BUSINESS
August 5, 2006 | John O'Dell, Times Staff Writer
Toyota Motor Corp. and a former employee who filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against the top executive of the automaker's North American corporate unit have settled the case, the automaker said Friday. Terms of the agreement between Japan's largest auto company and Sayaka Kobayashi, 42, who was an assistant to former Toyota North America Chief Executive Hideaki Otaka, are not being disclosed, said Steve Curtis, a company spokesman in New York. He said Toyota would have no further comment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 1993 | SHELBY GRAD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A police investigation has found "absolutely no evidence" to substantiate charges that some officers had sex with women in the back seats of patrol cars and formed a club to celebrate their exploits, Police Chief Charles S. Brobeck said Wednesday. "I hope that this is definitely behind us now and that we can continue our day-to-day business at the department," Brobeck said.
BUSINESS
May 25, 2001 | Bloomberg News
Trans World Airlines Inc., which has been acquired by AMR Corp., agreed to pay $2.6 million to settle sexual harassment claims by female employees at John F. Kennedy International Airport. The lawsuit, filed in June 1998, alleged that male supervisors groped women, exposed themselves, made sexual propositions or lewd comments and used offensive language. The suit also claimed that women were subjected to retaliation if they complained, according to the U.S.
BUSINESS
September 27, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
Big Lots Inc. settled a sexual harassment suit brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of a female worker in California. The commission sued Big Lots, the largest U.S. retailer of discontinued and overstocked goods, last year after a part-time cashier alleged that she had been sexually harassed by a manager. The woman claimed she was fired because she resisted the alleged harassment and then complained about it.
NEWS
October 28, 2004 | Lynn Smith
As of Wednesday, fans of MSNBC's Keith Olbermann had pledged $43,251.67 to a grass-roots "Save the Tapes" campaign to preserve any alleged audio evidence of Fox News host Bill O'Reilly talking lewdly to Fox News producer Andrea Mackris. Despite the lack of evidence that such tapes actually exist, hundreds of viewers and website readers have offered to donate anywhere from 2 cents to $1,000, Olbermann said.
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