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  • Top Media Reporter Hints Murdochs Could Tap CNN’s Zucker to Run Fox News

    10/25/2016 8:00:34 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 21 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 25 Oct 2016 | Daniel Nussbaum
    Top Media Reporter Hints Murdochs Could Tap CNN’s Zucker to Run Fox News Daniel Nussbaum 25 Oct 2016 In a piece exploring AT&T’s pending $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner, top media journalist and author Michael Wolff floats an interesting theory: namely, that if either former News Corp. COO Peter Chernin or current CNN chief Jeff Zucker don’t replace outgoing Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes, Zucker could be tapped by Rupert Murdoch’s sons to replace Roger Ailes atop Fox News. Wolff explains in a column at the Hollywood Reporter:
  • AT&T to throttle ‘very small minority’ on unlimited data plans starting October 1

    07/29/2011 6:07:18 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 76 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | Friday, July 29, 2011 · 5:25 pm · 25 Comments
    AT&T today released the following statement, verbatim:An Update for Our Smartphone Customers With Unlimited Data Plans Like other wireless companies, we’re taking steps to manage exploding demand for mobile data. Many experts agree the country is facing a serious wireless spectrum crunch. We’re responding on many levels, including investing billions in our wireless network this year and working to acquire additional network capacity. We’re also taking additional, more immediate measures to help address network congestion. One new measure is a step that may reduce the data throughput speed experienced by a very small minority of smartphone customers who are on...
  • AT&T Sees $1 Billion Healthcare Related Charge

    03/31/2010 7:44:05 AM PDT · by SeattleBruce · 37 replies · 1,038+ views
    NEW YORK (Reuters) ^ | 3/26/2010 | NEW YORK (Reuters)
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - AT&T Inc said on Friday it would record a $1 billion non-cash charge for the current quarter related to the new U.S. health care reform law, as lawmakers called on the company and three other large employers to testify about expected cost hikes. AT&T's charge appeared to be the largest in a series of charges announced by U.S. companies this week. A House Energy and Commerce subcommittee said on Friday it will call on the chief executives of AT&T, Caterpillar , Verizon and Deere to testify on April 21 about how the reform might adversely affect...
  • AT&T Plans $1 Bln Q1 Charge For New Health-care Law (3M Co., too.)

    03/28/2010 5:00:07 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 33 replies · 1,128+ views
    RTT News ^ | 03/26/10
    AT&T Plans $1 Bln Q1 Charge For New Health-care Law 3/26/2010 6:13 PM ET Telecommunications giant AT&T Inc (T) said Friday that it plans to take a non-cash charge of about $1 billion in the first quarter to reflect a change in the tax treatment of the Medicare Part D subsidy as a results of the new U.S. health-care reform law that President Barack Obama signed this week. In a regulatory filing, the Dallas, Texas-based company said it will be evaluating prospective changes to the active and retiree health care benefits it offers as a result of the legislation, including...
  • AT&T to take $1B charge for health care; may cut benefits to current and retired workers.

    03/27/2010 7:26:53 AM PDT · by wrrock · 21 replies · 917+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 3/26/2010 | BARBARA ORTUTAY
    NEW YORK – AT&T Inc. will take a $1 billion non-cash accounting charge in the first quarter because of the health care overhaul and may cut benefits it offers to current and retired workers. The charge is the largest disclosed so far. Earlier this week, AK Steel Corp., Caterpillar Inc., Deere & Co. and Valero Energy announced similar accounting charges, saying the health care law that President Barack Obama signed Tuesday will raise their expenses. On Friday, 3M Co. said it will also take a charge of $85 million to $90 million.
  • AT&T Joins Growing List of Firms That Say Health Care Law Will Cut Into Their Profits (Obamacare)

    03/26/2010 3:32:31 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 20 replies · 791+ views
    fox news ^ | 3/26/2010 | fox news
    AT&T said Friday that it is preparing for President Obama's health care overhaul to cost the telecommunications giant an additional $1 billion in expenses in the first quarter, possibly forcing the company to cut benefits it offers to current and retired workers. AT&T is the latest and biggest company to account for the financial impact that the health care overhaul will have on its bottom line. It said the tax ramifications related to the legislation that Obama signed Tuesday will force it to take a non-cash charge -- an expense that does not require cash to be paid out but...
  • Deere (And Others) In The Headlights

    03/26/2010 5:06:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies · 1,286+ views ^ | March 26, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Health Reform: As major businesses lay out the impact of ObamaCare in dollars and jobs, two things are clear: the costs will be enormous, and the president's vow to focus on "jobs, jobs, jobs" can no longer be believed. Early returns on ObamaCare are coming in, and they belie proponents' claims of job creation and cost reduction. The costs will increase. They are merely being shifted to the states and to America's businesses, large and small. AT&T, the country's largest telephone company, announced Friday it will take a $1 billion first-quarter charge related to the new health care law. The...
  • AT&T will take $1B non-cash charge for health care

    03/26/2010 12:57:05 PM PDT · by TexasNative2000 · 44 replies · 1,369+ views
    AP via ^ | 03.26.2010 | BARBARA ORTUTAY
    AT&T Inc. will take a $1 billion non-cash charge in the first quarter because of the health care overhaul and may cut benefits it offers to current and retired workers. The charge is the largest disclosed so far. Earlier this week, AK Steel Corp., Caterpillar Inc., Deere & Co. and Valero Energy announced similar accounting charges, saying the health care law that President Barack Obama signed Tuesday will raise their expenses
  • AT&T will take $1B non-cash charge for health care

    03/26/2010 12:06:00 PM PDT · by mlocher · 22 replies · 1,206+ views
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 3/26/2010 | AP
    NEW YORK – AT&T Inc. said Friday it will take a $1 billion non-cash charge in the first quarter related to the health care overhaul. AT&T's charge is the largest announced so far. Earlier this week, AK Steel Corp., Caterpillar Inc., Deere & Co. and Valero Energy announced similar accounting charges, saying the health care law that President Barack Obama signed Tuesday will raise their expenses. AT&T said the charge is to reflect the change of the tax treatment of Medicare subsidies. Companies say the health care overhaul will make a subsidy that companies receive for retiree drug coverage taxable...
  • AT&T Plans $1 Billion Charge Tied to Health Benefits

    03/26/2010 12:03:05 PM PDT · by NautiNurse · 24 replies · 1,710+ views
    WSJ Online ^ | 26 March 2010 | Roger Cheng
    AT&T Inc. plans to take a noncash $1 billion charge in the first quarter in anticipating the impact of changes brought by the nation's health-care overhaul. AT&T follows Deere & Co., Caterpillar Inc. and AK Steel Holding Corp. in taking the one-time charge. The companies are taking the charges now even though the impact of the health-care law won't be felt until 2013.
  • Washington DC sues AT&T over calling cards

    01/04/2010 9:22:58 AM PST · by Abathar · 36 replies · 1,126+ views ^ | 01/04/2010 | unknown
    The attorney general for Washington D.C. has filed a lawsuit against an AT&T Inc unit, seeking to recover consumers' unused balances on prepaid calling cards. The suit claims that AT&T should turn over unused balances on the calling cards of consumers whose last known address was in Washington, D.C. and have not used the calling card for three years. "AT&T's prepaid calling cards must be treated as unclaimed property under district law," the attorney general's office said in a statement. According to the attorney general's office, that sum, known in the industry as "breakage," represents some 5 to 20 percent...
  • AT&T is latest to end Tiger Woods sponsorship

    12/31/2009 8:41:33 AM PST · by truthandlife · 12 replies · 662+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 12-31-09 | PETER SVENSSON
    AT&T Inc. said Thursday it would no longer sponsor Tiger Woods, joining Accenture in dropping support for the world’s top golfer, who’s taking a break from the sport to focus on his marriage after his admitted infidelity. The phone company hasn’t used Woods’ image extensively in advertising, but its logo appeared on his golf bag. That deal had been billed as a “multiyear” agreement when it was signed early in 2009. Woods has also been the host of the AT&T National PGA Tour event since it started in 2007. The phone company said it would continue to sponsor the event,...
  • AT&T drops sponsorship deal with Tiger Woods

    12/31/2009 9:33:18 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies · 1,099+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 12/31/09 | AFP
    NEW YORK (AFP) – US telecoms giant AT&T announced Thursday that it was hanging up its sponsorship deal with disgraced golfing star Tiger Woods who has been embroiled in a sensational sex scandal. "We are ending our sponsorship agreement with Tiger Woods and wish him well in the future," the company, which backs the US PGA Tour event operated by the golfer's foundation, said in a terse, one-line statement. It was the latest blow for Woods since he inexplicably crashed his car into a tree and fire hydrant outside his Florida home in the early hours of November 27, unleashing...
  • AT&T ends sponsorship deal with Tiger Woods

    12/31/2009 7:34:18 AM PST · by OldDeckHand · 16 replies · 789+ views
    AP via MSNBC ^ | 12/31/09 | Staff
    NEW YORK - AT&T says it will no longer sponsor Tiger Woods, joining Accenture and Gillette in dropping support for the golfer after numerous allegations of infidelities.
  • AT&T wants out of landline business

    12/31/2009 5:15:15 AM PST · by decimon · 89 replies · 2,798+ views
    AFP ^ | Dec 30, 2009 | Unknown
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – US telecom giant AT&T has asked US regulatory authorities to waive a requirement that it and other carriers maintain costly landline networks. AT&T, the oldest US telephone company, made the request in a filing last week with the Federal Communications Commission in which it also asked the FCC to set a "firm deadline" for phasing out wireline service. "The business model for legacy phone services is in a death spiral," AT&T said. "With an outdated product, falling revenues, and rising costs, the plain-old telephone service (POTS) business is unsustainable for the long run."
  • AT&T Reconsidering Relationship With Tiger Woods

    12/11/2009 7:12:30 PM PST · by Dr. Scarpetta · 62 replies · 8,910+ views
    Radar on Line ^ | 12/11/09
    The fallout from Tiger Woods’ extramarital affairs continues. Shortly after he announced on Friday that he is taking a hiatus from golf, AT&T, one of his major sponsors, released a statement to saying they are currently reevaluating their relationship with the pro. "We support Tiger's decision and our thoughts will be with him and his family,” the statement read. “We are presently evaluating our ongoing relationship with him."
  • ATT phone service

    10/24/2009 11:50:38 AM PDT · by shadeaud · 14 replies · 1,149+ views
    vanity | Oct.24,3009 | shadeau
    Cell Phone Service Interruption
  • Senate showdown: Kerry (Vietnam Vet) takes aim at Apple’s exclusive deal with AT&T

    06/18/2009 8:15:00 AM PDT · by llevrok · 23 replies · 683+ views
    Let’s say you’re one of millions of Americans with a Verizon contract. Let’s say you really want an iPhone. And let’s say you don’t have hundreds of dollars necessary to break your contract, ditch your BlackBerry, and hop on board with AT&T. Right now, the whole furor over the 3G S is probably pretty frustrating, right? Well, now you’ve got someone on your side. Yesterday, Sen. John Kerry and three others on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation fired off a note to Michael J. Copps, the acting chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, asking Copps to look...
  • Want An iPhone But Don't Want AT&T?

    06/18/2009 6:58:44 AM PDT · by MNDude · 241 replies · 5,342+ views
    WASHINGTON -- Do exclusive relationships between handset makers and cell phone carriers, like AT&T has with Apple's iPhone, help or hurt consumers? Senators grilled AT&T executive Paul Roth about the issue on Wednesday after hearing constituents' complaints about lack of competition. Roth said the exclusive deal drives innovation and his company's subsidies make the iPhone more affordable.
  • AT&T plans to cut 12,000 jobs (another unionized company being torn apart)

    12/04/2008 5:36:16 AM PST · by tobyhill · 26 replies · 917+ views
    msnbc ^ | 12/4/2008 | ap
    AT&T said Thursday it is cutting 12,000 jobs, or about 4 percent of its work force, because of the economic downturn. The Dallas-based telecommunications company said the job cuts will take place in December and throughout 2009.
  • Caption the leather BIG CORPORATION bag given out @ the RAT convention (filled with goodies)

    07/20/2008 6:29:46 PM PDT · by Libloather · 83 replies · 168+ views
    Salon ^ | 7/20/08
  • AT&T, AOL Agree With New York To Fight Child Porn

    07/10/2008 6:37:20 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 12 replies · 92+ views
    All Headline News ^ | July 10, 2008 | Linda Young
    Rochester, NY (AHN) - New York Attorney Gen. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Thursday that AT&T and AOL have agreed to eliminate child porn news groups from their Internet servers. Child porn news groups are a major supplier of illegal images. Agreements with AT&T, the nation's largest Internet Service Provider (ISP), and AOL, the nation's third largest, are in addition to similar agreements with Verizon, Sprint, and Time Warner Cable, which Cuomo announced last month. "These agreements with two of the nation's largest ISPs to eradicate child porn websites from their servers tighten the noose around this despicable trade," Cuomo said...
  • AT&T National Kicks Off With Military Salute

    07/02/2008 5:55:56 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 111+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    BETHESDA, Md., July 2, 2008 – They may not be on the pro tour yet, but two military children got a taste of the big time when they helped pro golfer Fred Couples kick off the second AT&T National at Congressional Country Club here today. Jeffrey Dahl, 9, of New Jersey, left, professional golfer Fred Couples, and Margaret Rollins, 13, of Virginia hit the ceremonial first shot to open the second AT&T National golf tournament July 2, 2008, at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md. Both children’s fathers are servicemembers, serving in Pakistan and California, respectively. Defense Dept. photo...
  • AT&T CEO says hard to find skilled U.S. workers

    03/27/2008 8:01:27 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 108 replies · 1,528+ views
    Reuters via ^ | March 26, 2008 | Jim Forsyth
    SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) - The head of the top U.S. phone company AT&T Inc (T.N) said on Wednesday it was having trouble finding enough skilled workers to fill all the 5,000 customer service jobs it promised to return to the United States from India. "We're having trouble finding the numbers that we need with the skills that are required to do these jobs," AT&T Chief Executive Randall Stephenson told a business group in San Antonio, where the company's headquarters is located.
  • AT&T CEO says hard to find skilled U.S. workers

    03/26/2008 6:41:43 PM PDT · by RDTF · 309 replies · 4,126+ views
    yahoo ^ | March 26, 2008 | Jim Forsyth
    SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) - The head of the top U.S. phone company AT&T Inc (T.N) said on Wednesday it was having trouble finding enough skilled workers to fill all the 5,000 customer service jobs it promised to return to the United States from India. "We're having trouble finding the numbers that we need with the skills that are required to do these jobs," AT&T Chief Executive Randall Stephenson told a business group in San Antonio, where the company's headquarters is located. So far, only around 1,400 jobs have been returned to the United States of 5,000, a target it...
  • Has AT&T Lost Its Mind? A baffling proposal to filter the Internet.

    01/29/2008 5:56:29 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 26 replies · 145+ views
    Slate ^ | January 16, 2008 | Tim Wu
    Chances are that as you read this article, it is passing over part of AT&T's network. That matters, because last week AT&T announced that it is seriously considering plans to examine all the traffic it carries for potential violations of U.S. intellectual property laws. The prospect of AT&T, already accused of spying on our telephone calls, now scanning every e-mail and download for outlawed content is way too totalitarian for my tastes. But the bizarre twist is that the proposal is such a bad idea that it would be not just a disservice to the public but probably a disaster...
  • Two local (Austin) businesses among best places to work for GLBT employees

    01/10/2008 11:32:30 AM PST · by trumandogz · 40 replies · 98+ views
    Austin American Statesman ^ | 1/10/08 | Matt Presser
    Two Central Texas-based businesses are among the best places to work for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees, according to a report released Tuesday by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. Round Rock-based Dell and Austin’s Freescale Semiconductor were among the 195 companies to receive a perfect score based on the foundation’s Corporate Equality Index. The index “measures policies and practices implemented to promote fairness and equality in the workplace for GLBT employees,” according to the foundation. Seven other Texas-based companies made the list: AMR Corp., Fort Worth; J.C. Penney Co., Plano; Clear Channel Communications, San Antonio; Brinker International, Dallas; Waste...
  • AT&T brings outsourced jobs back to U.S. to Ark. call center (WOW)

    09/19/2007 7:45:21 PM PDT · by Dubya · 55 replies · 1,872+ views
    STAR-TELEGRAM ^ | Sep.19, 2007 | JON GAMBRELL
    San Antonio-based AT&T Inc. announced plans Wednesday to bring 175 call center jobs once outsourced overseas back to the United States, part of a group of 5,000 outsourced jobs company officials plan to fold back into its operations. The new call center, to be located at AT&T Arkansas' headquarters in Little Rock, will help callers who have AT&T Yahoo! High Speed Internet services. The new union-represented jobs will bring AT&T Arkansas up to 2,800 employees with a $135 million payroll, said president Ed Drilling. "These jobs are currently outsourced to other companies and a lot of the work is actually...
  • NASCAR takes checkered flag in AT&T court battle

    08/13/2007 4:27:30 PM PDT · by Captain Jack Aubrey · 36 replies · 1,029+ views
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 08/13/07 | SCOTT LEITH
    A federal appeals court on Monday gave NASCAR a huge victory in the racing organization's ongoing battle with AT&T. In a reversal of a lower court's decision, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta ruled that AT&T doesn't have the right to sue NASCAR over a sponsorship disagreement. The upshot: NASCAR is close to being able to require that AT&T logos be stripped from the No. 31 car, which is driven by Jeff Burton. That finding is a big switch from May, when Judge Marvin Shoob of U.S. District Court in Atlanta granted AT&T a preliminary injunction that...
  • Giants Ballpark to Be Renamed AT&T Park

    02/03/2006 3:47:55 PM PST · by SmithL · 13 replies · 203+ views
    AP ^ | 2/3/6
    San Francisco -- The San Francisco Giants' ballpark is changing its name to AT&T Park beginning in March. The name change announced Friday gives the stadium its third identity since the ballpark opened in 2000 and follows SBC Communications Inc.'s acquisition of AT&T Corp. in November. SBC changed its name to AT&T after the merger. The Giants stadium was originally called Pacific Bell Park and was later renamed SBC Park.
  • Corporate Foundations Bankroll Anti-Alito Coalition

    12/15/2005 12:40:14 PM PST · by B Knotts · 23 replies · 927+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | Dec 15, 2005 | Timothy P. Carney
    Wal-Mart, Ford Motor Co., AT&T, and Fannie Mae are among the major U.S. corporations whose foundations fund the liberal groups now waging war against Samuel Alito's nomination. The left-wing Coalition for a Fair and Independent Judiciary has launched a series of advertisements aimed at defeating Alito. The group describes itself as “a national coalition of public interest organizations,” and includes NARAL Pro-Choice America, the NAACP, the National Organization of Women, and Americans United for Separation of Church and State among others. The Alliance for Justice, People For the American Way, and the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights head the Coalition....
  • SBC completes takeover of AT&T, and relaunches as AT&T (Baby Bell is now Ma bell)

    11/21/2005 10:06:45 AM PST · by dennisw · 38 replies · 919+ views
    ovum ^ | nov 2005 | Mike Cansfield
    Mike Cansfield SBC completes takeover of AT&T, and relaunches as at&t Late on Friday the news came through that SBC had gained the final approval necessary (in California) to complete its purchase of AT&T. Last month we had the final earnings call with the AT&T senior team, and on Friday the once mighty AT&T passed into history. Comment: We have covered this story in some detail in the past (see EuroView Daily, 21 October and 1 November 2005). In being acquired by SBC, AT&T has a brighter future than it had as an independent entity. The regulatory setbacks of 2004...
  • AT&T may hang up on home phones

    07/21/2004 9:29:43 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 38 replies · 1,264+ views
    Reuters | July 21, 2004
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - AT&T Corp.'s board is considering phasing out local and long-distance phone service to U.S. consumers, a potential watershed for a company that until 20 years ago had a virtual monopoly on the country's phone service, according to a newspaper report Wednesday. AT&T's current management team, led by Chairman and Chief Executive David Dorman, has apparently reached a consensus that the company's future lies entirely with corporate and business customers, the Wall Street Journal said. The board of directors at AT&T was expected to discuss the possible move at a meeting that began Tuesday night and...
  • AT&T accused of false billing

    05/07/2004 12:57:39 AM PDT · by sarcasm · 15 replies · 182+ views
    Pioneer Press ^ | May 7, 2004 | LESLIE BROOKS SUZUKAMO
    Douglas King of Minnetonka was puzzled when he noticed that AT&T had charged him $3.95 in February for long-distance service.King doesn't use AT&T long distance. He uses MCI. When he called AT&T to get a refund, all he heard was elevator music until the connection broke — four times."I don't really like elevator music," the retired 69-year-old former college teacher said.King is just one of at least 16,675 Minnesotans — and more than 1 million Americans — who were wrongly assessed long-distance charges by AT&T beginning in January, according to Minnesota Attorney General Mike Hatch. On Thursday, Hatch filed a...
  • AT&T Wireless Self-Destructs [Offshore IT Outsourcing Disaster Kills Company]

    04/29/2004 6:24:40 PM PDT · by Southack · 95 replies · 1,730+ views
    CIO ^ | 4/15/2004 | Christopher Koch
    AT&T Wireless Self-Destructs The story of a botched CRM upgrade that cost the telco thousands of new customers and an estimated $100 million in lost revenue. Hard lessons learned. BY CHRISTOPHER KOCH Executive Summary Last fall, AT&T Wireless frantically tried to complete a CRM upgrade to Siebel 7. It had to be done in time to handle the customer service challenges accompanying a Federal Communications Commission deadline for allowing customers to change carriers without changing their phone numbers. The effort was a failure. Systems crashed and stayed down. Customer reps could not keep up, and angry customers abandoned the...
  • Judge Favors Christian Fired for Refusing Pro-Gay Policy

    04/10/2004 10:35:45 PM PDT · by Nasty McPhilthy · 12 replies · 311+ views
    Agape Press ^ | April 7, 2004 | Fred Jackson & Jenni Parker
    Judge Favors Christian Fired for Refusing Pro-Gay Policy Fred Jackson & Jenni Parker Agape Press April 7, 2004 A Christian legal group says a court victory for a Colorado man fired by AT&T could set a precedent for the rights of Christian employees in the workplace. A federal judge has awarded nearly $150,000 to a man who was fired by AT&T Broadband for refusing to sign a diversity policy requiring him to value the beliefs of others, including homosexuals. In a Friday ruling, Judge Marcia S. Krieger of the U.S. District Court in Colorado directed the company to recompense former...
  • Worker opposed to gays wins suit

    04/07/2004 8:12:09 PM PDT · by missyme · 73 replies · 445+ views
    Washington Times ^ | April 7th, 2004 | Amy Fagan
    <p>An AT&T Broadband employee who was fired after refusing to abide by company rules that he said violated his religious beliefs about homosexuality has won a federal court case. Judge Marcia S. Krieger of the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado awarded Albert Buonanno of Denver $146,269 for lost salary, loss of 401(k) matching contributions and compensation for emotional distress in a Friday ruling released this week. The judge found that although there was no direct religious discrimination against Mr. Buonanno, AT&T Broadband failed to show it could not have accommodated Mr. Buonanno's beliefs "without undue hardship" to the company he had been with for nearly two years. Mr. Buonanno objected to language in a new employee handbook issued in January 2001 that said "each person at AT&T Broadband is charged with the responsibility to fully recognize, respect and value the differences among all of us," including sexual orientation. He was fired after refusing to sign a "certificate of understanding" acknowledging that he agreed to the policy. The Civil Rights Act requires employers to reasonably accommodate the religious beliefs of employees unless the employer can show it will create an undue hardship on the company to do so. Mr. Buonanno felt his Christian beliefs prevented him from valuing or agreeing with homosexuality, which he views as a sin, but he pledged not to discriminate against or harass anyone, said John W. Whitehead, president of the Rutherford Institute, the group that represented Mr. Buonanno. "This issue is about more than an objection to homosexuality," Mr. Whitehead said. "It concerns the freedom of conscience — the right of individuals to object to something they believe is wrong, especially when it contradicts their religious beliefs, whether it is war, abortion, homosexuality or a number of other issues." A spokesman for Comcast, which owns AT&T Broadband, said, the company "is disappointed in the court's ruling," which they said appears to ignore attempts by companies "to foster diversity and nondiscrimination in the workplace." The spokesman, who asked not to be named, said the company is reviewing the case and might appeal the ruling. Mr. Buonanno did not ask the court to reinstate him as a quota specialist, instead seeking monetary compensation. He now works for Mental Health Corporation of Denver as a counselor. The ruling could embolden other Christians or religious people to challenge similar policies, said Mr. Whitehead, who expects court challenges to the "sensitivity training" companies sometimes require, which he said often aims at training workers to accept and value diversity, including homosexuality. "I think Buonanno is just the tip of the iceberg," Mr. Whitehead said. Mr. Buonanno wasn't asking anything that would unduly burden the company — such as granting him every Wednesday off for religious purposes, Mr. Whitehead said. "All he was saying that he couldn't agree that he would value the homosexual lifestyle ... which as a fundamentalist Christian he sees as a sinful lifestyle," said Mr. Whitehead. But AT&T made "no attempt to even reasonably accommodate him," and they couldn't show undue hardship would occur if they did. In the ruling, the judge listed several things the company could have done to avoid the situation, such as communicating better, getting more details about Mr. Buonanno's concerns, clarifying what the company intended by the language in question, accepting his pledge not to discriminate, or even rewriting the language to make it less ambiguous.</p>
  • Drudge Loses Advertiser in Wake of Kerry Blunder

    02/23/2004 2:32:33 PM PST · by sdk7x7 · 60 replies · 324+ views
    XXXX DRUDGE RETORT XXXX 14:26:29 EST FEB 19 2004 XXXX Matt Drudge loses advertiser in wake of Kerry blunder! **DRUDGE RETORT EXCLUSIVE** Sound the siren: Matt Drudge has lost a long-time advertiser in the wake of last week's groundless report alleging that Sen. John Kerry had an extramarital affair with a 27-year-old woman. AT&T Wireless has pulled all advertising from the Drudge Report in response to a complaint about its sponsorship of the site. "We care about the places our on-line ads appear, and that site doesn't reflect the values of AT&T Wireless," e-mailed Jeremy Pemble, the company's vice president...
  • Company's 'Tolerance' Clause Prompts Religious Discrimination Lawsuit

    02/18/2004 4:37:41 AM PST · by kattracks · 50 replies · 428+ views ^ | 2/18/04 | Melanie Hunter
    ( - A Denver man is suing AT&T Broadband after he was fired for refusing to sign off on "tolerance" portions of the company's employee handbook that he felt violated his religious beliefs. The handbook contained a provision that "each person at AT&T Broadband is charged with the responsibility to fully recognize, respect and value the differences among all of us," including "sexual orientation." Albert Buonanno said his religious beliefs prevented him from condoning or approving of homosexuality. Attorneys for the Rutherford Institute are presenting testimony in federal court in Washington on behalf of Buonanno, who worked as a quota...
  • Gays and Straights in the Work Force: Tolerance for Other Viewpoints

    01/27/2004 6:30:21 PM PST · by Lorianne · 34 replies · 362+ views
    The Rugherford Institute ^ | 8 December 2003 | John W. Whitehead
    In January 2001, Buonanno, an employee of AT&T, was handed a new AT&T Broadband Employee Handbook and asked to sign an “Acknowledgment of Receipt and Certificate of Understanding.” The certificate stated, in part, “I agree to follow the policies, rules and regulations contained in the handbook and to abide by any revisions made to them in the future.” Upon reviewing the 84-page handbook, however, Buonanno — a Christian with biblically based beliefs regarding homosexuality — found several parts to which he could not in good conscience conform. On page 6, in the section titled “Diversity,” the handbook stated: “Each person...