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A Fort Worth Nurse license attorney, I am providing the latest update to a story I had commented on involving 2 nurses in West Texas.

A state grand jury in Winkler County, Tex., has indicted the sheriff, the county attorney and a hospital administrator for their roles in orchestrating the prosecution of two whistle-blowing nurses after they had reported allegations of malpractice.

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The sheriff, Robert L. Roberts Jr., and county attorney, Scott M. Tidwell, each face six counts, including misuse of official information and retaliation, which are third-degree felonies. Stan Wiley, the administrator of Winkler County Memorial Hospital, in the West Texas town of Kermit, was indicted on two counts of retaliation.

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Contact an attorney immediately, and please remember these Sabine Pilot claims are subject to a two-year statute of limitations.

“Sabine Pilot” is the name of a case decided by the Texas Supreme Court in 1985, Sabine Pilot Serv. v. Hauck (Tex. 1985). The Court recognized a narrow exception to the general “at will” doctrine of employment in Texas, and found that an at-will employee may sue his/her employer if he/she is fired for refusing to commit an illegal act.

Keep a file regarding everything that is said or done to you surrounding your termination and keep all of your records related to your employment. These notes and records may prove invaluable in a later lawsuit.

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A Washington, D.C., salon owner has agreed to a $7 million settlement in a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by one of his employees.

The suit, filed by Jennifer Thong against Andre Chreky, alleges “rough-hewn sexual advances and retaliation when those advances were rebuffed.” The advances include attempts at forced intercourse and brutal attacks by Chreky, the suit claims.

Neely Tucker, The Washington Post 08/17/2010
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The Fulton County Daily Report (7/30, Palmer) reports, “Lawyers watching a sexual harassment case that tested the limits of acceptable workplace behavior won’t get to hear what the full 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals thinks of the matter.

The case against Home Depot, heard in a rare en banc session by the full appeals court bench in June, has been settled” following “a joint motion by the parties.”

In Corbitt v. Home Depot USA, two male employees “claimed that a male manager made inappropriate sexual overtures to them.”

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Two former female employees of the hedge fund Titan Capital have filed a sexual discrimination suit against the fund’s president and other top officials.

Danielle Pecile and Cristina Culicea claim in their suit that they were “repeatedly hit on, cursed at and called names like ‘idiot’ by the defendants.”

Pecile also says in the suit that fund president Russell Abrams asked her on one occasion to have bare-chested pictures of his wife printed from a CD. The lawsuit seeks unspecified monetary damages. Leo Standora , New York Daily News 07/30/2010

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The AP (7/14) reported, “Novartis will pay up to $152.5 million to potentially thousands of women after a jury found it discriminated against them by paying them less than men, the pharmaceutical company and plaintiffs’ lawyers announced Wednesday after a deal was struck. The agreement, which still must be approved by a federal judge in Manhattan, also calls for an additional $22.5 million to be paid for company programs to eliminate discrimination. The settlement covers claims by 5,600 women at the drug company who were part of the class-action lawsuit that resulted in a six-week trial earlier this year.”

Bloomberg News (7/14, Van Voris) reported, “The suit was filed in 2004 by Amy Velez and four other women who claimed they faced discrimination over pay and promotion and for pregnancy.”

The Wall Street Journal (7/15, Bray) reports that lead plaintiffs’ attorney David Sanford said, “Novartis has agreed to a momentous settlement,” adding, “the terms of this agreement allow for full compensation of both former and current female field force employees, ensuring that every woman who worked at Novartis over the past eight years has been compensated fairly.”

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A California man has filed a lawsuit against his former employer, Coastside Scavenger, claiming that he was wrongfully terminated by new owners because of his “whistleblower” reputation.

Jose Castellanos claims in his lawsuit that after his two sons were fired from Coastside in 2008 for complaining of mistreatment, his bosses began to criticize him and suggest he quit.

He was fired last summer, and says that his boss “went out of her way to malign his reputation to prospective employers.” Julia Scott, San Jose Mercury News 07/06/2010
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A discrimination lawsuit has been filed against Comcast by a former employee who claims that, upon his transfer to the Naples, Fla., office in 2006, he was discriminated against because he is African-American.

Timothy Morrison, who worked for Comcast for 10 years, claims that his bosses in the Naples office created a “pattern of harassing and hostile treatment based on his race,” including suggesting he should move back to Chicago to be near “his people.”

Morrison also alleges that when he formally complained about the treatment, he was fired. The lawsuit seeks an unspecified amount of damages. Leslie Williams Hale, Naples News 06/23/2010
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A former FedEx employee who was awarded damages in a sexual harassment lawsuit against the company will now be able to seek full punitive damages, a federal appeals court ruled.

Charlotte Boswell was awarded $300,000 for lost earnings, $250,000 for emotional distress and $2.45 million in punitive damages for the company’s violation of her rights in 2007.

A U.S. district judge cut the punitive damages to $300,000, which is the maximum amount set by federal civil rights law for punitive damages. The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted Boswell a new punitive damages trial, saying “she should have been allowed to present her case for damages under California law, which has no dollar limit.” Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle 06/20/2010

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Defense contractor Northrop Grumman has agreed to settle a whistleblower lawsuit brought against them by a former quality assurance manager in 2006.

The lawsuit claimed that the company failed to test electronic parts supplied to the government that would placed in military aircraft and spacecraft and be required to withstand extreme temperatures.

The federal government will receive a $12.5 million settlement and the former manager, Allen Davis, will receive $2.4 million as part of the settlement. W.J. Hennigan, LA Times 06/24/2010
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