November 8th, 2009 by James
Lawsuit Accuses NYPD of Race, Sex Discrimination
Ex-Cop says she was ousted for having kids
By EMILY FELDMAN
Updated 10:00 AM EST, Wed, Oct 21, 2009
A former city cop slapped the NYPD and one of its captains with a sex and race discrimination lawsuit, alleging they blocked her from promotions because she had kids.
Tamara Golston-Green, 36, filed the suit in Queens Supreme Court on Monday, alleging that her former boss, Capt. John Denesopolis pushed her out of the force by assigning her an overnight shift while she had two young children, the Daily News reported.
"I just don't like women because they have babies," Denesopolis once told Golston-Green, the lawsuit alleges.
Golston-Green, who was an NYPD sergeant when she left the force in 2006, says she worked for seven years without problems before being assigned to Denesopolis.
"Going to work was a nightmare which caused her to have panic attacks and be very emotional driving there," her attorney Anthony Ofodile wrote in the lawsuit. "The torture just got worse."
Golston-Green left law-enforcement and New York after just two years under Denesopolis. The Queens Village woman moved to Texas where she now works for an airline company.
"He was the one," she said, referring to her former NYPD boss, "who made it impossible for my dream to continue."
City lawyers didn't comment because they said they have not reviewed the lawsuit yet.
Apple sued for sex, race, size discrimination
By Tony Smith • Get more from this author
Ex-Apple employee Shaune Patterson has alleged the Mac maker discriminated against her because of her race, her size and her sexual orientation.
In a complaint filed with the US District Court of Northern California some time ago but amended on 16 May, Patterson claims Apple suspended her for a month and then fired her after she complained that white-skinned colleagues received bigger wage packets than she did even though they were in less elevated positions.
The hat-trick of discrimination Patterson alleges Apple inflicted upon her centres on claims of racial prejudice which, she maintains, was the reason behind the different salaries and her subsequent termination.
To that she adds the claim that an Apple manager wrote a memo describing her as a "rather obese-sized black lesbian".
November 2, 2009
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Two area employers face sexual harassment lawsuits
The Supreme Court’s same-sex precedent for harassment came from a N.O. case
by Ben Myers
Boh Bros. is accused of firing Kerry Woods in early 2007 after he complained to co-workers and superiors that a superintendent harassed him while working on the Interstate 10 Twin Span repair and maintenance project. The superintendent allegedly subjected Woods to “unwelcome verbal and physical sexual taunting, innuendo and sexual advances.” The allegations include the superintendent “feigning having anal sex” with Woods and urging Woods to look at the superintendent’s penis.
An EEOC trial attorney declined to elaborate on whether the alleged harassment occurred in the presence of other workers, if other workers experienced similar harassment and whether the superintendent personally ordered Woods’ transfer and firing.
Boh Bros. spokeswoman Ann Barks said she could not comment on pending litigation but forwarded a written statement that said the company would act “swiftly and appropriately” if it finds misconduct.
Milton Berry, owner of school bus provider Berry Services, is accused of firing Lakisha Baker in February 2007 the day after she refused Berry’s order to call him to discuss having sex. Baker alleges that Berry propositioned and touched her inappropriately on her first day of work in November 2006. The alleged harassment continued daily, including Berry’s offer of a promotion or salary increase in exchange for oral sex.
“Ms. Baker stated that on one occasion Mr. Berry pulled her pants down and tried to touch her,” the complaint states.
At least three female employees of Berry Services claim to have experienced sexual harassment from 2003-07, said Michelle Butler, EEOC senior trial attorney in the New Orleans Field Office.
Butler said that, to her best knowledge, none of the alleged harassment occurred in view of school students. But there is still concern that “he is providing service to where he would have access to children,” she said.
Berry said he was not aware of the lawsuit when contacted Wednesday.