Category: Gender Discrimination

Tyler Perry’s Tyler Perry Getting Sued

Last year, news broke that famed film maker Tyler Perry was embroiled in a frightening stalker situation. Perry sued his alleged stalker for $125,000, outlining assault and emotional distress claims. Now the said stalker is firing back.

Male model, Joshua Sole, began working for Tyler Perry Studios in or about July last year. According to Perry in a November 7, 2014 Facebook post, Sole was “mentally disturbed” and obsessive over meeting Perry. Perry made these remarks when, three months into Sole’s employment, Sole was arrested for barricading himself in the mogul’s office and refusing to come out until Perry met with him.

Now Sole is asserting his innocence and is even taking further to allege sexual harassment on the part of Perry’s studio staff. In a federal lawsuit, Sole claims that his supervisor, Brett Hendrix, subjected him to constant harassment. As per the suit, Hendrix allegedly attempted to inappropriately touch Sole, asked for sex in exchange for drugs, engaged in sexting, requested sex, and called him inappropriate names.

Sole’s lawsuit is seeking $5 million in damages for the hostile work environment that caused embarrassment, humiliation, and emotional health damage. The model is also seeking libel damages for Perry’s online comment regarding his mental health.

Source: Project Q

Female Comedians Will Face Sexual Harassment at Work Everyday

Jen Grant, a comedian from Toronto, started a set at a corporate event, ready to get some laughs. Grant has been a comedian for 16 years. That day, rather than leaving the stage with a smile on her face, she left the stage in tears. She had never cried after a set before in her entire career.

While doing her set, a man in the audience spoke, in what Grant described as a “rapey” voice, “There’s a 51 percent chance that my buddy here will have sex with you, and I will take the other 49%.” Grant took to her blog after the show, titling her post, “I was sexually harassed at work.”

Since the days Grant posted in her blog, there have been both supporters and critics. The comedy industry is not void of sexism; many male comedians actually embrace it for material. The most difficult realization to swallow, however, is that any workplace can be rampant with sexual harassment.

According to a study done last year, the most sexually harassing job is being a server in the food industry. Not only is a server susceptible to harassment from patrons, but he or she can get heckled and harassed by owners, managers, etc. 37% of sexual harassment claims filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission were from restaurant servers.

The technology industry also sees continuous sexual harassment complaints; many that go unheard. In an industry that is primarily male driven, female victims of sexual harassment feel unable to speak in case it makes them look weak or the tables are turned against them.

If you feel you have experienced sexual harassment on the job, please contact one of our Aegis attorneys today.

Source: sheknows.com: EEOC

pregnancy discrimination

Housing Non Profit Had “No Pregnancy” Policy

Shamira Johnson was a resource technician for the Houston based home and community services organization, United Bible. Johnson, who had always performed her job well, but was terminated suddenly for revealing she was pregnant.

Johnson and then the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleged that the non-profit organization had a “no pregnancy in the workplace” policy. Employees would became pregnant would not be permitted to continue their employment, nor would pregnant applicants be considered.

The organization, caught with such a policy, admitted that it had terminated Johnson on the basis on her pregnancy. It further admitted that Johnson was a good employee who did not have any issues with carrying out her job functions, other than being pregnant. With those admissions, an EEOC judge awarded Johnson $75,000 for back pay and damages. United Bible failed to prove why pregnant women could not sufficiently and safely perform the functions of a resource technician.

In California, pregnant women and their ability to take leave are protected. If you have experienced discrimination based on pregnancy, give our Aegis attorneys a call.

Source: National Law Review

Forever 21 Sued by Transgender Employee

Alexia Daskalakis began working for a Forever 21 store in New York in 2011 as a sales associate…and a man. Three year’s into Alexia’s tenure, she began her physical transition from male to female, and thus the harassment and discrimination began.

Though she had identified as female previously, in January 2014, Alexia began presenting herself in a more traditionally feminine way—wearing makeup, dressing more womanly. At this point in time, Alexia has also been promoted to the role of visual merchandiser and was responsible for setting up window displays.

Alexia had begun taking hormone pills for her physical transition in August 2014. Supervisors and co-workers, male and female alike, immediately began harassing Alexia, subjugating her gender identity. One manager called her a “hot mess” and told her that she looked “offensive,” asserting “in my eyes and the in the company’s eyes, you’re still a male.”

Alexia was sent home from a shift one day for not abiding by male dress code and following the female dress code. The manager who sent her home that day, also told her, “you used to be a hard worker when you were a guy, but not anymore.” Alexia was fired the following January.

The lawsuit alleges that the company discriminated against Alexia based on gender identity, a protected class is becoming more and more indoctrinated into various anti-discrimination laws and labor codes.  Filed last month, this lawsuit comes in the wake of a different lawsuit against Saks Fifth Avenue for similar claims. The Saks suit settled only a few weeks before Alexia’s was filed

Source: Fortune Magazine

sexual harassment

Pennsylvania Attorney General Ignored Sexual Harassment Complaints

Kathleen G. Kane, Attorney General to the state of Pennsylvania, is being accused of ignoring sexual harassment complaints from within her own department. Ms. Kane allegedly ignored several recommendation to fire her Chief of Staff, Jonathan Duecker, whom she had recently appointed to the position.

The Office of Professional Responsibility submitted a report to Ms. Kane, describing accusations against Mr. Duecker for two cases of sexual harassment. One case occurred at a non-work related event. Mr. Duecker allegedly harassed a female prosecutor who worked in the same office, while a group of office co-workers went out to a bar. He allegedly slid his hands under the co-worker’s shirt and attempted to put his hands under her skirt.

The second incident that was reported occurred at a house used by the Attorney General’s office for investigation. Mr. Duecker purportedly made unwelcome advances on the female agent. She went to a bedroom to sleep a few hours; couple of hours later, the Chief of Staff entered the room but when questioned why he was there, he responded that he was going to leave.

As of now, the Attorney General said there are no plans to take action against Duecker or plans to change his status.

Source: USAttorneys