Monday, June 20, 2011
Monday, June 13, 2011
- The store's then-general manager, Richard Moore, began by making inappropriate comments, nicknamed her "Trixie" and "Trix," and pinched her
- The manager gave her clothes and chocolates, progressed to groping, and sneaked up behind her as she was sitting on the floor of the stockroom and hit her on the head with his penis in the fall of 2006.
- On Oct. 12, 2006, the suit alleges, Moore threw Alford to the ground, lifted her shirt and masturbated over her as he held her down. He was arrested later that day and awaits trial in St. Clair County Circuit Court on a charge related to the accusation.
Sunday, June 12, 2011
To qualify as a hostile work environment, the conduct at issue must be severe or pervasive enough to cause psychological injury, al- though Title VII “comes into play before the harassing conduct leads to a nervous breakdown.” Harris v. Forklift Sys., Inc., 510 U.S. 17, 22 (1993). In addition to showing that the environment was sufficiently serious, the plain- tiff must show that the harassment was based on mem- bership in a protected class, Cerros v. Steel Techs., Inc., 288 F.3d 1040, 1045 (7th Cir. 2002), and also that there is a basis for imputing liability to the plaintiff’s employer. Burlington Indus., Inc. v. Ellerth, 524 U.S. 742, 764-65 (1998).
Showing a hostile work environment is not easy and there have been many, many cases where a plaintiff is able to show deplorable conduct on the part of the employer but under the totality of the circumstances standard, the facts do not pass muster. Every case is different and it is conceivable that a single, isolated incident in the workplace may amount to a hostile work environment, but employees are always encouraged to take their concerns and complaints up with the employer first as resolving workplace issues short of litigation is always ideal.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
“Scott Baumbach has done a tremendous job in the Department of Workforce Development since day one, both as a deputy and interim secretary, and I know that he will continue to succeed in his new role,” Walker said in a statement.
Baumbach, was an associate and partner at Michael Best & Friedrich LLP law firm in Milwaukee from 2001-2010, and a law clerk for Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Diane Sykes from 2000-2001.