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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | June 5, 2013
The owner of Basta Pasta restaurants in Fallston and Timonium is accused of sexually harassing employees, including teenagers, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The EEOC suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, alleges that owner Michael Sakellis, repeatedly would inappropriately touch or would make sexual comments toward female employees, some of whom were teenagers. One female employee said she was given alcohol, which she believed was drugged in an attempt to sexually assault her, the suit says.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | July 17, 2014
The Social Security Administration is overhauling its internal anti-discrimination program after federal auditors found that the agency failed to establish an adequate system for handling employee claims. Auditors from the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reported in May that the Woodlawn-based agency had failed to follow regulations on addressing workplace discrimination complaints, had manipulated data to boost case completion rates and might have allowed managers to interfere in what were supposed to be impartial investigations.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | March 24, 2013
Despite decades of regulation, legislation and effort, obstacles continue to hinder equal employment opportunities for African-Americans in the federal workplace, a federal commission has reported. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said "unconscious biases" about African-Americans, a lack of adequate mentoring opportunities and insufficient training assignments all affect hiring or advancement in government jobs. The failure of agencies to follow and effectively enforce equal employment opportunity law also has an effect, the commission said in the report published this month.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | June 5, 2013
The owner of Basta Pasta restaurants in Fallston and Timonium is accused of sexually harassing employees, including teenagers, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The EEOC suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, alleges that owner Michael Sakellis, repeatedly would inappropriately touch or would make sexual comments toward female employees, some of whom were teenagers. One female employee said she was given alcohol, which she believed was drugged in an attempt to sexually assault her, the suit says.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | July 17, 2014
The Social Security Administration is overhauling its internal anti-discrimination program after federal auditors found that the agency failed to establish an adequate system for handling employee claims. Auditors from the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reported in May that the Woodlawn-based agency had failed to follow regulations on addressing workplace discrimination complaints, had manipulated data to boost case completion rates and might have allowed managers to interfere in what were supposed to be impartial investigations.
BUSINESS
By Jon Morgan and Jon Morgan,Evening Sun Staff | October 21, 1991
You're a woman at a new job and a co-worker -- who has a pin-up of Miss October tacked above his desk -- begins each workday gleefully relating the latest smutty joke.Source: Equal Employment Opportunity Commission guidelines
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By Scott Calvert and Scott Calvert,scott.calvert@baltsun.com | October 28, 2009
Eschol Amelia Studnitz lost her $58,000 accounting job July 31 because a government background check deemed her "unsuitable" for a low-level security clearance. She was stunned. She had no criminal record. "I kept thinking, 'What could I have done?' " said the 59-year-old Carroll County resident, who goes by the name Amy. Her shock was warranted: Her firing was based on a mistake. And within days, her employer, Corporate Mailing Services of Arbutus, heard from the Social Security Administration that she could, in fact, work on a new contract handling mail for the agency.
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February 22, 1999
Court of Appeals Chief Judge Robert M. Bell and the Baltimore office of the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission will announce today the start of a program offering free mediation services to settle employment disputes.This is the first time that the EEOC will offer free alternatives to full investigations in employment discrimination cases. The Maryland kickoff in Columbia is one of 50 being held around the country this week, after Congress allotted $13 million for such programs.
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By Justin Fenton and Justin Fenton,justin.fenton@baltsun.com | February 27, 2009
A city councilman is demanding that the Police Department take action against three city officers - including the brother of Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III - who have yet to be disciplined for internal violations in connection with a federal race discrimination complaint. Councilman Bernard C. "Jack" Young sent a letter last week to several high-ranking city officials asking why no action has been taken since charges were sustained early last year against three former homicide detectives - Lt. James W. Hagin Jr., Detective Paul A. Kidd and former Detective Charles E. Bealefeld - stemming from an incident in which a black homicide detective said he was ordered to look at Ku Klux Klan Web sites.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | April 16, 2002
A consent decree has been sent to U.S. District Court to resolve a sexual harassment lawsuit filed last year against the White Marsh Double T Diner, the Baltimore District Office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced yesterday. The suit, filed in June, alleges that diner waitresses were sexually harassed by way of touching and sexually suggestive, lurid and derogatory comments. Those who complained were berated, fired or felt they had to quit because of the working conditions, according to the suit.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | March 24, 2013
Despite decades of regulation, legislation and effort, obstacles continue to hinder equal employment opportunities for African-Americans in the federal workplace, a federal commission has reported. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said "unconscious biases" about African-Americans, a lack of adequate mentoring opportunities and insufficient training assignments all affect hiring or advancement in government jobs. The failure of agencies to follow and effectively enforce equal employment opportunity law also has an effect, the commission said in the report published this month.
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By Cox News Service | November 16, 1990
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- At Hooters, the chicken wings come mild, medium, hot or Three Mile Island. But these days it's the breasts that are causing all the heat.A sex discrimination complaint against the popular restaurant chain could leave judges and lawyers debating one deceptively simple question -- just what does Hooters really sell? Chicken wings or cheesecake?Two weeks ago, a district director of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Pasco County near Tampa found that Hooters discriminates against men by hiring only women as bartenders and waitresses.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | May 28, 1999
Alleging violations of her religious freedom, a 31-year-old Jehovah's Witness from Harford County is suing Saks Fifth Avenue of Harford County for transferring her from the human resources department to the department store's warehouse.In a suit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, Tamara R. Green of Havre de Grace claims she was sent to the warehouse in 1997 after declining to celebrate her boss' birthday and refusing to dress up as a Hershey's Kiss to participate in a company Halloween party.
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