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Mariah Carey named in sexual harassment, retaliation lawsuit

A few hours after pop star Mariah Carey filed a $3 million lawsuit against her former executive assistant for violating a non-disclosure agreement, she got a response. Former assistant Lianna Shakhnazaryan filed a lawsuit that alleges failure to prevent discrimination and harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination, among other complaints.

Carey’s former manager, Stella Bulochnikov, was also named as a defendant in the suit. The former personal assistant states in her lawsuit that she was "subjected to severe, pervasive, sexual, derogatory, offensive, physically abusive and outrageous conduct by [Bulochnikov]."

Prosecutors charged with gender discrimination, retaliation

Our Wisconsin and Illinois readers know well the irony of when someone who is charged with enforcing the law is accused of breaking the law. That’s the paradox that is making headlines far east of us. A New Jersey prosecutor and his top assistants are being sued for gender discrimination and retaliation. All four of the defendants are male, while the three plaintiffs are female.

One of the plaintiffs worked for nearly 20 years in the Atlantic County prosecutor’s office, and says her boss “excluded the women who had skills and expertise in a particular area in favor of less senior males who had lacked those skills and experience. He did reduce the pay of myself and other females in the office.”

Court: Shift change can be workplace retaliation

Regular readers of our Milwaukee Employment Law Blog know that we have man times written about employment law issues affecting our Wisconsin and Chicago area readers. We recently read of a 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that a shift transfer can be a form of retaliation.

The case involved a Texas police officer who was transferred to the weekend night shift in the traffic division after he complained to administration and Human Resources about race-related harassment.

Fox & Fox S.C. Wins Right To Jury Trial For Client

Fox & Fox, S.C. in Monona, WI, defeated a summary judgment motion on November 29, 2018 for their client, a former employee of Stoughton Trailers, LLC, who claims he was unfairly terminated because of his race. The court’s ruling allows the case to proceed to trial. 

Fox & Fox, S.C. employment law attorney Mary Kennelly said that the firm is pleased the case is moving forward.

Stopping sexual harassment at the Illinois capitol

Because our law firm serves both Wisconsin and the Chicago metro area, we keep our eyes trained on developments important to both. We read recently that an ethics panel of Illinois legislators has chosen former judge and Menard County state’s attorney Carol Pope to take on a backlog of sexual harassment complaints at the state capitol.

Pope is scheduled to start as the new legislative inspector general in March, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Nursing home and worker face sexual harassment, retaliation suit

Although Milwaukee news outlets did not report on the story, we read recently of a man accused by former co-workers of making their lives miserable with two years of inappropriate and unacceptable workplace behavior. A lawsuit filed against the former nursing home worker and his employer says he sexually harassed and assaulted at least four women who worked at the facility.

An employment law attorney representing the plaintiffs in the harassment and retaliation litigation said, "What's most alarming about this situation is that there were several complaints and the management did nothing about it.”

How to tell if you were wrongfully terminated from your job

After losing your job you may feel frustrated, disappointed or anxious. These feelings are only natural, but maybe you feel something else, too. Maybe you are left wondering if your termination is even legal.

Most workers in Wisconsin and Illinois are employed at-will. This means your employer can fire you and you can quit your job at any time for any legal reason or no reason. There are, however, several illegal reasons for termination.

Wisconsin judge accused of harassment, stalking, retaliation

If you drive north of Milwaukee for about an hour and 45 minutes, you’ll come to Fox Crossing, near the northern shore of Lake Winnebago. A municipal judge from the village is standing trial on criminal charges of stalking.

The criminal charges are just one aspect of an ongoing legal battle between Municipal Judge Len Kachinsky and the village regarding his treatment of a clerk. The clerk and village administrators say in court documents that he has engaged in harassment and retaliation against her.

Federal appeals court revives harassment, retaliation suit

It takes about a half-hour on Interstate 41 to drive from Milwaukee to suburban Menomonee Falls. The city is home to a factory owned by International Paper Co., the world’s biggest maker of pulp and paper.

A federal appeals court recently revived an employment lawsuit that had been dismissed last year. The suit was filed against International Paper by a worker who says she suffered sexual harassment and retaliation at a South Carolina factory.

Luxury retailer accused of age, race discrimination, retaliation

High-end department store chain Saks Fifth Avenue has a Chicago location, but it is their flagship New York outlet that is the focus of eight of its former employees. The group recently filed a race and age discrimination lawsuit in which they allege that they store had a hostile work environment and that they were wrongfully terminated from their jobs.

The plaintiffs stated in court documents that they "were each forced to endure a pervasive pattern of discrimination and retaliation . . . their respective managers deliberately targeted them because of their race and/or age."

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