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Sexual Harassment & Discrimination

Actual Case Experience
Affidavits provided for the following cases:

   Laura Cote v.
Shells Seafood Restaurants, Inc.
Seventh Judicial Circuit Court
Volusia County, FL
Case No.: 99-31337-CI-CI
Division:   32
October 2000
re: anti-harassment policies; appropriate supervisory and employee training on non-harassment/discrimination; proper reporting, handling, and investigating of a sexual harassment complaint; appropriate follow-up procedures; managers' responsibilities in preventing harassment and responding.

Andrew C. Sanguinetti v.
United Parcel Service, Inc.
US District Court
Southern District of Florida
West Palm Beach Division
Case No.: 99-6235-CIV-RYSKAMP
July 2000
re: expected policies and procedures for a company this size; expected training programs on non-harassment/discrimination; expected documentation on harassment complaints and investigations; expected Human Resources records retention, appropriate, clear wording of policies; what behaviors constitute harassment and violations of company policy and whether termination was an appropriate response to Plaintiff's behavior.

   Juan Delgado v.
Cole Muffler, Inc.
US District Court
Southern District of Florida
Miami Division
Case No.: 00-3602-CIV-Moreno/Dube
February 2001
re: company's lack of reasonable care in the prevention and/or correction of discriminating behavior (based on real or perceived disability). This includes lack of a written anti-discrimination policy visibly posted and disseminated to all employees, lack of formal training for managers and supervisors to prevent harassment/discrimination in their respective locations, and lack of proper personnel documentation, such as job description, performance appraisals, personnel action forms, and disciplinary write-ups.

Case Documentation Review and Human Resources Coaching Notes provided for the following cases:

Laura A. Smardz and Valarie A. Singleton v.
David M. Davidson and Podiatry Affiliates, P.C.
US District Court
Western District of New York
Case No.: 98-CV-0051C(M)
Documentation re: what behaviors constitute harassment and discrimination, appropriate handling of a complaint, importance of having established policies and procedures to prevent and rectify harassment/discrimination situations; responsibility of management personnel in responding to a complaint; retaliation factor in such claims.
Affidavits, Complaint Investigations, Human Resources Recommendations, and Client Counseling provided for clients of the following attorneys:

Dianne Bennett, President
Hodgson Russ
1800 One M & T Plaza
Buffalo, NY 14203
(716) 848-1406

Don Works, Partner
Carlos Burruezo, Partner
Jackson, Lewis, Schnitzler & Krupman
390 Orange Avenue # 1285
Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 246-8433

Allan Weitzman, Partner
Proskauer Rose
2100 Glades Road
Boca Raton FL 33431
(561) 995-4760

Bill Coleman, Partner
English McCaughan & O'Bryan
100 NE Third Ave. #1100
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
(954) 462-3300

Angelo Filippi
Stearns Weaver et al.
200 E Broward Blvd. #1900
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
(954) 462-9595

Christine D. Hanley
Christine D. Hanley & Associates, P.A.
1000 Southern Blvd., Second Floor
West Palm Beach, FL 33405
(561) 659-5646

Robert Ader, Principal
Beth Hitt, Associate
Law Offices of Robert Ader
100 SE 2nd Street # 3350
Miami, FL 33131
(305) 371-6060

Rick Kolodinsky, Partner
Kolodinsky, Seitz & Tresher, P.A.
707 E Third Ave
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169
(904) 427-9811

Robert Soloff, Attorney
Robert D. Soloff, P.A.
888 SE Third Ave # 400
Fort Lauderdale FL 33316
(954) 523-0550

Douglas T. Marx, Attorney
Conrad & Scherer
633 S Federal Highway
Eighth Floor
Fort Lauderdale FL 33301
(954) 462-5500

Cases and complaints include age discrimination, race discrimination, ADA-disability discrimination, gender discrimination, and sexual harassment. Counseling focuses on inappropriate behaviors in the workplace. Reporting frequently includes professional opinion as to whether or not discriminatory/harassing behaviors will continue, with recommendations for disposition of the complaint (and the offenders!).

Sexual Harassment and/or Workplace Discrimination Prevention training programs provided to the following clients (since 1993):

W.R. Grace & Co. - Corporate Offices (Baltimore, Boca Raton)
W.R. Grace & Co. - Grace Construction Products (Chicago)
W.R. Grace & Co. - Darex Container Products (Chicago)
Office of the State Attorney (Broward County, FL)
Stetson University (Orlando)
Sara Lee Corp. - Harwood Cos. (Ft. Lauderdale)
Barclays Capital (Miami)
National Council on Compensation Insurance (Boca Raton)
Pine Crest Schools (Ft. Lauderdale)
UTILX Corp. (Seattle)
Johnson Controls World Services, Inc. (Tulsa, Los Angeles, Riverside, Melbourne)
Industrial Business Services (Ft. Lauderdale)
Hodgson Russ (Buffalo, Albany, Rochester, Manhattan)
English McCaughan & O'Bryan (Ft Lauderdale)
World Duty Free Americas, Inc. (Miami, Chicago)