Wednesday, December 06, 2017

So You Want To Sue Because You Were Discriminated Against

With all these women coming out now about sexual assaults and harassments people are asking why are they coming forward now? We have all these laws banning discrimination against us but very few are using them why?

Maybe this article explains the reasons why…
A congressman's accuser: Blackballed and babysitting for cash
Lauren Greene wanted a career in Washington politics. Then she accused Rep. Blake Farenthold of sexually harassing her.
Politico
By Rachael Bade
12/04/2017

North Carolina native Lauren Greene aspired to a career in politics when she arrived on Capitol Hill as an intern in 2009. She spent the next five years climbing the Capitol Hill ladder, ultimately becoming a communications director for a congressman in 2014.

But Greene’s budding career imploded, she said, the minute she accused Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) of sexually harassing her.

Since the summer of 2014, when she says Farenthold fired her for raising concerns about a hostile work environment, Greene has been unable to land a full-time job. She’s making $15 an hour working temporary gigs for a homebuilder. She babysits on the side to earn extra cash.
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She later added: “I was told right away that I would be, quote-unquote, ‘blackballed’ if I came forward. … That’s exactly what happened.”
You see when you file a discrimination complaint it becomes a matter of public record and before the internet if a future employer want to find out about a perspective employee they had to hire a private investigator to do a background check. Now they just go on the internet and do a Google search.

I have a friend and their (I am using gender neutral pronouns to hide their identity) employer came out and told them flat blank that the company was firing them because they’re trans. My friend sued and lost because of an incompetent lawyer (he missed filing deadlines and sued under the wrong statutes). Now when they go for a interview, everything goes great in the interview but then they don’t get hired. If you Google their name there are dozens of hits about the case, do you think that might be one of the reasons that they don’t get hired?

Do you think an employer wants to hire a “trouble maker?”
But putting 500 miles between her and the Beltway didn’t erase the stigma. Over the past three years, Greene said she’s applied to dozens, if not more than a hundred, jobs in communications to no avail. One person told her that she didn’t get one job because of her harassment claims against a congressman.
Yup, the good old internet.

Yes we have laws but like most weapons it cuts both ways. As the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said,
Morality cannot be legislated, but behavior can be regulated. Judicial decrees may not change the heart, but they can restrain the heartless.
The laws may not being used to sue but maybe it is restraining the heartless from discriminating against us and it is changing the environment.

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