Montebello police chief resigns amid discrimination lawsuit filed by officers

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montebello_policeThe police chief in Montebello has stepped down amid a $30-million legal battle with officers over alleged discrimination and retaliation, officials said this week.

Dan Weast was placed on administrative leave in December after a legal complaint filed in late October accused the police chief of “promoting individuals who are ‘friends,’ as opposed to qualified minority candidates,” particularly from an alleged "all White Group" within the police force known as Mahan’s Marauders.

Interim City Manager Randy Narramore put Weast on administrative leave Dec. 14.

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Abuse of Power

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same_sex_harassment2An increase in male-on-male sexual harassment shows larger truths about abuse in the workplace.

The Cheesecake Factory is known for its oversize portions, delectable desserts, and family-friendly atmosphere. The restaurant is also accused of creating nothing but disturbing memories for a few of its employees. In 2008 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed suit after six Cheesecake Factory staffers claimed they were subjected to repeated sexual harassment at the chain's Chandler Mall location in Phoenix, including allegations of sexual fondling, simulated rape, and even being physically dragged into the restaurant's refrigerator. The Cheesecake Factory denies the charges; in November the company settled the dispute by paying $340,000 to the victims.

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Outback Settles Discrimination Lawsuit

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outback-steakhouseSteakhouse Agrees to Pay $19 Million to Female Workers and Hire New Human Resources Director

Outback Steakhouse has agreed to pay $19 million to female workers and take other steps, including hiring a new human resources executive, to settle a sex discrimination lawsuit.

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Textual overtones

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tm_harassmentDigital dogging is new tool for office sexual harrassers

Digital technology has enabled workers to be more productive, allowed them to communicate around the world instantaneously and generally redefined almost every job description on Earth.

But it’s also given cubicle creeps and departmental degenerates new ways to sexually harass co-workers and underlings.

While texting, e-mails and comments on social media sites will never replace the grand tradition of bosses directly pressuring subordinates for sex, lawyers and consultants say digital communication has opened up a new front in the war against workplace harassment.

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The new harassment? Same-sex abuse

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same-sex-gay-marriageSame-sex sexual harassment in the workplace may be increasing – and it often takes the insidious form of humiliating comments and belittling abuse

A female lawyer in the United States is suing her former employer in what's hardly your typical case of alleged sexual harassment. The lawyer, Jennifer Braude, claims the firm didn't act quickly enough to protect her against her boss, who, according to court papers, said she was “dirty hot,” told Ms. Braude of a desire to have a threesome with her and commented about the size of her chest. What's so notable about this? Ms. Braude's boss was a woman.

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