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More Males Filing Sexual Harassment in Workplace Claims
Insurance Journal ^ | March 5, 2010 | Sam Hananel

Posted on 03/05/2010 8:39:23 PM PST by Neil E. Wright

More Males Filing Sexual Harassment in Workplace Claims

By Sam Hananel
March 5, 2010

John Pilkington's boss wouldn't take no for an answer.

During more than two years as a food runner at an upscale steakhouse in Scottsdale, Arizona, Pilkington says his male supervisor groped, fondled and otherwise sexually harassed him more than a dozen times.

"It was very embarrassing,'' Pilkington said. "I felt like I had to do something because the situation was just so bad.''

Now Pilkington, a married father of two, is the star witness in a U.S. federal lawsuit against Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar and one of a growing number of American men claiming they are victims of sexual harassment in the workplace.

From 1990 to 2009, the percentage of sexual harassment claims filed by men has doubled from 8 percent to 16 percent, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Lawyers at the commission say they've noticed the increase in complaints by men -- more than 2,000 were filed in 2009 out of about 12,700 cases.

"It's certainly possible that there's more sexual harassment of men going on, but it could just be that more men are coming forward and complaining about it,'' said Ernest Haffner, an attorney in the commission's Office of Legal Counsel.

While some cases allege harassment by female supervisors or co-workers, most charges involve men harassing other men. Sometimes it's unwelcome romantic advances. Other times, men are picked on because they are gay, perceived as being gay or not considered masculine enough for the work setting.

In the past, some employers might have shrugged off such antics as "boys will be boys'' horseplay or fraternity-type behavior. But the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has been filing more lawsuits involving male victims, saying it wants to send a message that such behavior is unacceptable and unlawful.

In November, for example, the Cheesecake Factory restaurant chain agreed to pay $345,000 to six male employees who claimed they were repeatedly sexually assaulted by a group of male kitchen staffers at a Phoenix-area restaurant.

The commission said the abusers would drag some victims kicking and screaming into a walk-in refrigerator, touching and grinding against the victims' genitals and take turns simulating rape. The company denied the allegations but agreed to make a financial settlement and educate its employees and managers about sexual harassment.

Susan Strauss, a consultant who advises companies about how to avoid sexual harassment in the workplace, said she's seeing more cases in which men are subject to a sexualized form of hazing.

"If you don't fit the masculine stereotype or are viewed as effeminate, you get picked on in a sexual way to demean you,'' Strauss said.

Cases involving women making unwanted advances toward men may also be rising as women make up a growing part of the work force. Last year, the Regal Entertainment Group, which operates a national chain of movie theaters, agreed to pay $175,000 to settle a lawsuit by a male employee who claimed a female co-worker repeatedly grabbed his crotch at work.

When the employee complained to his supervisor and the theater's then-general manager, he claims, she failed to stop the harassment and instead retaliated with unfair discipline and lower performance evaluations.

The number of cases filed by men has grown steadily since a landmark Supreme Court ruling in 1998 held that same-sex harassment is a valid claim under federal anti-discrimination laws. That ruling involved an offshore oil rig worker who said he was subject to humiliating sex-related treatment by other workers, including being sodomized in the shower with a bar of soap.

In Pilkington's case, he claims the restaurant's chef would grope and pinch his genitals or grab his backside when Pilkington walked to the kitchen or stock room. Despite his complaints to the restaurant's operating partner, he says the conduct didn't stop.

After one incident, Pilkington lost his composure and yelled at the chef. Days later, he was fired -- an action he claims was retaliation for his complaints. An Equal Employment Opportunity Commission lawsuit on behalf of Pilkington and three other current and former employees is pending.

"I think maybe it's just harder for males to come out and file a complaint because of how embarrassing it is,'' Pilkington said. "When I talk about it I get this nauseous feeling in my stomach.''

The restaurant has denied the charges. In a statement, the company that owns Fleming's said the restaurant "has always been committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace free of harassment for all of its associates.''

Many victims are hesitant to come forward because they are afraid of being considered unmanly or being derided by co-workers, said Mary Jo O'Neill, a regional attorney in the EEOC's Phoenix District office.

"All sexual harassment victims feel humiliated, lacking control and power,'' O'Neill said. "This has a different twist because everyone expects that they would be able to handle it and take care of it themselves.''


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: fags; gayagenda; harassment; homosexualagenda; queers; sexualharassment; society; sodomy; workplace
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I'll save a comment for later, except to say this: The fags are becoming bolder and bolder. Methinks it is past time to start kicking their ass. Time for a lot of push back against them.

Also, NO FAGS IN THE MILITARY. PERIOD!!!

Toward FREEDOM!

1 posted on 03/05/2010 8:39:24 PM PST by Neil E. Wright
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To: Neil E. Wright

This is precisely the reason NOT to repeal Don’t Ask - Don’t Tell. The minute it is repealed, the fags will have carte blanche to hit on and sexually harass their fellow troops.

Anyone with a speck of intelligence knows that any complaint or refusal by the harassee will be labeled a hate crime, and punished. And in no time flat, the military will go to hell on a bobsled track!


2 posted on 03/05/2010 8:45:22 PM PST by Tucker39
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To: Neil E. Wright

Imagine working for Helen Thomas...


3 posted on 03/05/2010 8:46:41 PM PST by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: Neil E. Wright

Sadly the McCains and Cheneys are pro gay marriage, gay military and pro sodomy.


4 posted on 03/05/2010 8:50:53 PM PST by Frantzie (TV - sending Americans towards Islamic serfdom - Cancel TV service NOW)
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To: Neil E. Wright

Any filed against sweet Sarah2012 yet? (((just wait)))


5 posted on 03/05/2010 8:52:24 PM PST by Cyber Ninja (His legacy is a stain OnTheDress)
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To: DTogo

I was thinking that it was because of older women wanting toy boys. The fems have been in the workplace for some thirty odd years.


6 posted on 03/05/2010 9:01:57 PM PST by Bronzy
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To: Bronzy
"Regal Entertainment Group, which operates a national chain of movie theaters, agreed to pay $175,000 to settle a lawsuit by a male employee who claimed a female co-worker repeatedly grabbed his crotch at work."

Isn't this every man's FANTASY?

7 posted on 03/05/2010 9:10:51 PM PST by boop (Democracy is the theory that the people get the government they deserve, good and hard.)
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To: Neil E. Wright

When I was in college, an older man who worked at the same restaurant would slide up to the young guys, all of us, and play grab ass. It made me mad and I kept telling him to cut it out. One of the other older guys told me that the next time ol’ Larry started the butt massage to make a big deal about how good he did it. So when he did, I gave a performance worthy of a trophy. And that was the end of Larry touching the guys. I learned a good lesson, too.


8 posted on 03/05/2010 9:20:04 PM PST by healy61
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To: Bronzy

Just like you’d expect a woman to slap a male groper across the face, wouldn’t most straight guys give a gay male groper a knuckle sandwich?


9 posted on 03/05/2010 9:22:56 PM PST by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: Neil E. Wright
The commission said the abusers would drag some victims kicking and screaming into a walk-in refrigerator, touching and grinding against the victims' genitals and take turns simulating rape.

If I was the victim in that situation, they'd only do it one freakin' time; I guarantee. I'd get a group of friends together and after work, in the parking lot, a big can of "Kick Ass" would be opened.

Here in Texas, if anyone of the victims would have come back to work the next day with a gun and blew their balls off, not a jury in this State would have convicted him.

10 posted on 03/05/2010 9:25:11 PM PST by no dems (Palin / Rubio 2012)
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To: Neil E. Wright; Jim Robinson; dcwusmc; A Navy Vet
Message to whoever hit the "report abuse" link on my first comment after I posted the article.

You think "fag" is a degrading word that shouldn't be used?? you think that "kicking their ass if they harass you" is "too violent"???

I have news for you, you fracking IDIOT!! Political correctness KILLS, and it is PAST TIME for a push back.

I am NOT politically correct, I'll call a fag a fag, and a spade a spade, and if you don't like it, I'll invite you to go have intercourse with yourself.

Spineless IDIOTS like you are the reason the country is in the dire straits it's in. You don't want to "offend" someone. Well, here's a fracking clue for you .... the "right" not to be offended is NOWHERE in the Constitution nor is it a part of life. If you're offended, GET THE FRACK OVER YOURSELF. I'll offend everyone sooner or later, so get used to it.

Toward FREEDOM!

11 posted on 03/05/2010 9:27:40 PM PST by Neil E. Wright (An OATH is FOREVER (NRA member) III Oathkeeper)
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To: no dems

True.


12 posted on 03/05/2010 9:30:28 PM PST by Centurion2000 (Something is seriously wrong when the .gov plans to treat citizens worse than they treat terrorists)
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To: boop

If every woman secretly wants to be raped, then yes, that’s our fantasy.


13 posted on 03/05/2010 9:32:53 PM PST by Anti-Utopian ("Come, let's away to prison; We two alone will sing like birds I' th' cage." -King Lear [V,iii,6-8])
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To: Neil E. Wright

I’m gonna hit the “report abuse” button for overusing your caps and bold text.


14 posted on 03/05/2010 9:38:24 PM PST by TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig (There once was a dream called, "Hippy Beat Down." The mere whisper of if caused cops to cry.")
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To: Neil E. Wright

Use this dictionary and you will be left alone. Looks like it has “gay” approval.
http://www.gaymart.com/6fun/slang.html


15 posted on 03/05/2010 9:40:20 PM PST by Bronzy
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To: TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig

I thought a person used caps to indicate a loud voice. It shows emotion. Are you the emotion moderator?


17 posted on 03/05/2010 9:44:01 PM PST by Bronzy
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To: Bronzy

Yes I am...I detect enough emotion out of you that I’m getting a whiff of “unstable”.


18 posted on 03/05/2010 10:03:21 PM PST by TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig (There once was a dream called, "Hippy Beat Down." The mere whisper of if caused cops to cry.")
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To: Bronzy; Neil E. Wright

I didn’t see it in the ‘dickshunary’, but one of my favorites to describe them is ‘dung-punchers’...and I suppose if that is ‘all-inclusive’ it leaves need to define the ‘dung-punch-ee’ and the ‘dung-punch-or’.

I still say, eunicize...and fix ‘em so they have to pee sitting down...parking lot surgery...maybe not in Texas though - ok to shoot ‘em, not ok to maim.


19 posted on 03/05/2010 10:04:16 PM PST by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a tea party descendant - steeped in the Constitutional legacy handed down by the Founders)
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To: TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig
Tell you what, I'll YELL and HOLLER whenever I read something that OUTRAGES me, and if you feel "offended" then I'll kindly invite you to go fornicate yourself, ok???? :)

Toward FREEDOM!

20 posted on 03/05/2010 10:06:07 PM PST by Neil E. Wright (An OATH is FOREVER (NRA member) III Oathkeeper)
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To: TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig

21 posted on 03/05/2010 10:12:39 PM PST by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: Neil E. Wright

That odor of unstable is getting stronger. And I deal with unstable people at work all the time.

Ask my wife, I can call crazy within 5 seconds of meeting someone and am always proven right.

Since I’ve only “met” you through the written word, I’ll withold my final judgement but my sensors are beeping.

p.s....you never really offended me. I don’t take what other’s type in the privacy of their home too serious.

Seek help


22 posted on 03/05/2010 10:18:28 PM PST by TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig (There once was a dream called, "Hippy Beat Down." The mere whisper of if caused cops to cry.")
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To: Neil E. Wright

Pingout tomorrow. Thanks for posting this.


23 posted on 03/05/2010 10:23:36 PM PST by little jeremiah (Asato Ma Sad Gamaya Tamaso Ma Jyotir Gamaya)
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To: TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig
LOL .... if you think my written words show signs of my “instability” then you definitely don't want to meet the cops I hang with. You'll be calling for them to be institutionalized ... :)

FREEDOM!

24 posted on 03/05/2010 10:30:30 PM PST by Neil E. Wright (An OATH is FOREVER (NRA member) III Oathkeeper)
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To: Neil E. Wright

What’s the problem? Your first post is still there.


25 posted on 03/05/2010 11:04:21 PM PST by whatisthetruth
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To: Neil E. Wright

They call each other “faggot”.


26 posted on 03/05/2010 11:09:41 PM PST by little jeremiah (Asato Ma Sad Gamaya Tamaso Ma Jyotir Gamaya)
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To: whatisthetruth; Admin Moderator; Jim Robinson
It was restored after being deleted by an Admin Moderator by Jim Robinson.

Apparently it was not bad enough for Jim to consider "over the top" ...... :)

Jim, if it's over the top, pull it. Some of the replies are calling for worse than a bloody nose .... :D

FREEDOM!

27 posted on 03/05/2010 11:12:31 PM PST by Neil E. Wright (An OATH is FOREVER (NRA member) III Oathkeeper)
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To: DTogo

How do you know Helen has a labido?


28 posted on 03/05/2010 11:21:08 PM PST by Global2010 (Strange We Can Believe In)
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To: Neil E. Wright

Neil you are an embarrasment to my Catholic Conservative faith and anyone reading here Neil is a creep.

The use of the word Fag not in context to a nicotine stick is imflamatory and juvenile.

Now regarding the fellow being gropped he should have had bounderies and nipped that issue in the bud.

Regardless if it was a Man or a Woman doing the gropping.

Grow up Neil.


29 posted on 03/05/2010 11:27:39 PM PST by Global2010 (Strange We Can Believe In)
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To: Tucker39

You and Niel need to clean up your language if you want anyone to listen.


30 posted on 03/05/2010 11:29:40 PM PST by Global2010 (Strange We Can Believe In)
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To: Global2010
Go fornicate yourself. If you're "offended" too fracking bad. Get the hell over yourself!

FREEDOM

31 posted on 03/05/2010 11:32:40 PM PST by Neil E. Wright (An OATH is FOREVER (NRA member) III Oathkeeper)
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To: healy61

Good for you.

Took the Prada bully out of his game.


32 posted on 03/05/2010 11:33:21 PM PST by Global2010 (Strange We Can Believe In)
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To: no dems

U betcha deal with the sit chew way tion straight up.


33 posted on 03/05/2010 11:34:56 PM PST by Global2010 (Strange We Can Believe In)
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To: Global2010; little jeremiah

What’s wrong with the word ‘fag’? Why would a fag be offended by that word? What word would you prefer fags be called?


34 posted on 03/05/2010 11:36:13 PM PST by whatisthetruth
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To: Anti-Utopian

Well now wait just one second there.

You have to be more presice.

Obese woman fantasize too.

(did I ruin your dinner dear?)


35 posted on 03/05/2010 11:37:23 PM PST by Global2010 (Strange We Can Believe In)
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To: GGpaX4DumpedTea

Time for you and Neil to get a room together.


36 posted on 03/05/2010 11:41:53 PM PST by Global2010 (Strange We Can Believe In)
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To: Neil E. Wright

Your a jerk.


37 posted on 03/05/2010 11:46:26 PM PST by Global2010 (Strange We Can Believe In)
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To: Neil E. Wright; Jim Robinson

For the Love of God Jim.


38 posted on 03/05/2010 11:48:25 PM PST by Global2010 (Strange We Can Believe In)
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Comment #40 Removed by Moderator

To: Global2010

41 posted on 03/05/2010 11:54:27 PM PST by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: Neil E. Wright

Queer sons of government-corporate big shots were propositioning men in shops during the late ‘70s and early ‘80s—conveyor construction, pipeline valve companies...all kinds. Men who were straight and refused to play with them were fired one after another. The boards and managers of those companies were behind queer supervisors, so to speak (their sons, nephews, all). In most cases, attempts to sue will be unsuccessful, as they’re related to the lawyers, too.

Our leadership has been degenerating for a long time. Business families are also full of socially perverted government employees. Corporate-government interests get what they want, until their game plays out. Help them to finish it. Cheer on the big government spending! Avoid unnecessary personal expenditures in order to deprive them of revenues. Become more self-sufficient. Develop a hobby at making useful things—like indexing gears, for example. Be nonpolitical. Give the special interests of the current paradigm a little nudge in the direction that they’re already going (off the edge).

Fatten the beast with its debts, then starve it. Rebuild. That’s the only way, IMO.


42 posted on 03/05/2010 11:55:58 PM PST by familyop (cbt. engr. (cbt), NG, '89-' 96, Duncan Hunter or no-vote.)
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To: Global2010
This reply and your next one have been reported as offensive. Have a nice weekend.

FREEDOM!

43 posted on 03/05/2010 11:57:29 PM PST by Neil E. Wright (An OATH is FOREVER (NRA member) III Oathkeeper)
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To: eyedigress

Makes me want a Butte Dechutes.

Chocolate Ale...

Your Mc Gals are pretty too.

However being a woman with a taste for Ale I will give you all yer pretty gals and take the suds for me self mate. : )

Pork Belly and Grits on the side. : )


44 posted on 03/05/2010 11:58:57 PM PST by Global2010 (Strange We Can Believe In)
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To: Neil E. Wright

Offensive? I thought he was ‘Catholic’.


45 posted on 03/05/2010 11:59:16 PM PST by whatisthetruth
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To: Global2010

I’ll take them grits but if left to my druthers there better be a whole lot of gravy. :^)


46 posted on 03/06/2010 12:01:37 AM PST by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: eyedigress

KV wants to know if the blonde gal is taking texts fer possible future raising jugs of Ale dates.

He has noticed she in all her shining eyes is frequenting our St. Patty March threads.


47 posted on 03/06/2010 12:04:36 AM PST by Global2010 (Strange We Can Believe In)
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To: Global2010
All KV has to do is fill this one up.


48 posted on 03/06/2010 12:11:20 AM PST by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: whatisthetruth

I was just giving Neil a shot of his own medicine.

And rightfully so should be deleted but so should Neil.

He seems to be confused about civility/decency and the ability to speak Freely.

Too Bad the Mods have sunk so Low to accomadate a worm such a Neil on Jim Robinsons Forum.


49 posted on 03/06/2010 12:11:35 AM PST by Global2010 (Strange We Can Believe In)
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To: Global2010; Jim Robinson; Admin Moderator
If you think that the pulled replies should be restored, feel free to send a private message to Jim. And yes, I am the one who hit the abuse link.

And if you want to try to carry out your threat in reply #40, be advised, that I'll be glad to send you directions to my place. But, if you decide to follow through on your threat, I WILL SHOOT YOU.

Have a nice weekend.

FREEDOM!

50 posted on 03/06/2010 12:23:34 AM PST by Neil E. Wright (An OATH is FOREVER (NRA member) III Oathkeeper)
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