Transgender worker wins workplace discrimination settlement with backing from EEOC

 photo McCreery_zps6da77b95.jpgCori McCreery was working as a clerk in the grocery store Don's Valley Market in Rapid City, SD and had earned a promotion in 2010. Then she announced that she was transitioning from male to female.

Originally given assurances that she would have job security if she transitioned, her employers apparently believed they had no choice but to terminate that employment soon after her announcement. Her supervisors told her she was making other employees "uncomfortable," so she had to go because the company had a "7 million dollar investment to protect."

In 2012 Lambda Legal filed a suit charging employment discrimination in 2012, claiming that workplace discrimination against transgender people is gender discrimination in violation on Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Last Monday Lamdba Legal announced that, with backing from the Equal Employment Opportunity Employment Commission, a settlement had been agreed to by the contending parties. Don's Valley Market would have to pay her the maximum allowable of $50,000 for an employer of fewer of 100 employees.

In addition the settlement included a public notice on the EEOC website, public notice on the workplace bulletin board, a mandatory policy in the workplace regarding workplace protections, a letter of apology to Ms. McCreery, and a letter of recommendation in regard to future employment.

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Hellraisers Journal: October St Louis Labor Conference will Honor Brother Jerry Tucker

You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

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Sunday September 20, 1903
Cripple Creek, Colorado - Emil Peterson, shot at by Military Officer, files affidavit.

Emil Peterson, while attempting to escape from the clutches of the Mine Owners yesterday, was shot at by Lieutenant Hartung of Company B. Peterson's escape attempt was successful, and, later in the day, he made the following affidavit before Abby C. Colwell, Notary Public of Teller County. Peterson's statement was backed up by the affidavits of two witnesses, Carl Hanson and E. D. Whitney.

I [Emil Peterson, duly sworn] am twenty-four years of age. I reside in Denmark: that is my native land. I came to America February 23, 1903. I then went to Fairchilds, Wis. I am not an American citizen. At Fairchilds the Lester Lumber Company paid only $26 per month. On the 8th of September I went to Duluth to get work. At Duluth B. B. Gilbert & Co., labor agents, 5 South avenue, west, employed me to go to work in the Colorado gold mines. I was to get from $3 to $5 per day to fire boilers in the mine.

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What We Really Should be Yellin About When it Comes to Who Runs the Fed

Effective regulation, and on that note, it is a positive thing that the Summers of our discontent can finally be laid to rest. After all the damage Larry Summers has caused in being one of the architects of this crisis, from boxing in Brooksley Born and ignoring her warnings with regard to derivatives which brought down Long Term Capital Management during the Clinton administration, to his sexism among everything else. He has now thankfully taken himself out consideration for the job.

It's a good thing he did. Rather than fighting for something or someone that helps people suffering from this economic crisis, President Obama strongly recommended and fought for Larry Summers to be Chairman of the Federal Reserve, a guy who lost a billion dollars as President of Harvard betting on interest rates. Yeah, let that sink in for awhile.

It's really not OK. This is why making excuses for everything the President does, as too many Democrats do without thinking of the damage, is dangerous, immoral, and unprincipled. Now it looks like the front runner to replace Ben Bernanke as Chairman of the Federal Reserve is going to be Vice Chairwoman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and once President and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Janet Yellin. Unlike Larry Summers, she at least saw the crisis coming as early as 2005.

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Again and Again

 photo melony_zps5844d578.jpgOn the afternoon of September 9 Leticia Alvarado, cashier at a motel in the 13900 block of Francisquito Avenue in Baldwin Park CA, discovered the body of her friend Melony Smith in her motel room.

Alvarado says that Smith had been staying in the motel on and off for three years.

We became very close. She called me sister. I was her sister.

Before I go to work, I always stop by her room and we have breakfast. That day she wouldn’t answer her phone.

--Alvarado

So Alvarado went to the room and had the maid open the door and found Smith's body lying on the floor.

She was all bruised up. She had blood on her head. She was lifeless. I could tell she was dead.

--Alvarado

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Hellraisers Journal: Imported Strikebreakers Find Their Way to Union Headquarters & Refuse to Scab

You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

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Saturday September 19, 1903
Cripple Creek, Colorado - Imported Strike Breakers Find Their Way to the W. F. of M.

Eighty-seven imported strikebreakers reached Denver yesterday on their way to the Cripple Creek strike zone. But, it seems, the mine owners are having a hard time of it hanging onto their new employees. Realizing that they were brought into Colorado to be turned into scabs, twenty-six deserted in Denver, and nine more in Colorado Springs. Only about fifty actually got off the train at Cripple Creek where the soldiers turned them over to the guards (gunthugs) of the mine owners.

As the new arrivals were marched down the street, the little union newsboys followed them and began to shout, "scabs, scabs!" The shouts of these children so alarmed the mine owners that they recalled the soldiers to provide an escort for their strikebreakers. The soldiers lined the the streets and alleyways, and forced citizens to step aside and to "move on."

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Calling the Debt Ceiling Bluff: Taking It To The Owners

Joe Firestone has written an excellent piece at New Economic Perspectives on the phony fear mongering about the risk that the Republicans might not vote to raise the debt ceiling. He uses as his point of departure exquisitely fraudulent framing that Ezra Klein adopted for the proposal to trade a budget continuing resolution without defunding Obamacare, for taking the fight to the debt ceiling.

The reason the Republican leadership is making the case for that trade is that a continuing resolution has to pass both Chambers, and the version that defunds Obamacare is Dead On Arrival in the Senate, which will amend the bill to restore Obamacare funding and refuse to budge in reconciliation. So sooner or later, the House will have to pass a continuing resolution that includes funding for Obamacare, or else shoulder the political blame for shutting down government.

But what Joe focuses on is the framing of trading off a budget fight for a debt ceiling fight, in which Ezra says:

his is terrifying that this is the argument. And the analogy I would use is this is like trading a bad flu for septic shock. it is the worst trade in the history of all trades you could imagine . . .

Trading a bad flu for septic shock might be the worst trade in the history of all trades, but the only thing that makes the debt ceiling dangerous is the administration's refusal to call the bluff. As Joe lays out, there are not one, not two, not three, not four, but five options, and three of them would succeed in eliminating the threat that the debt ceiling vote can every again be used for political blackmail.

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Hellraisers Journal: Is Organized Labor Treasonable in the State of Colorado?

You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

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Friday September 18, 1903
More from the Denver Post: Is Organized Labor Treasonable in the State of Colorado?

In Cripple Creek the thing at which Peabody has struck with all the power of the state is not physical...but up in the air. That is to say, men said they were afraid to go to work; but there were no criminal acts. The governor's excuse for his action is that he levels the armed force of the state against fear. To the man who cares nothing sympathetically, one way or the other, but who as a regard for law, the view of the mater is that the governor should have refused to act until there was evident lawlessness and disorder.

The fact of the business is that the reasons for Peabody's action would justify the seizure of all union labor leaders on the charge of treason, regardless of any strikes. In fact, it may be doubted if the governor realizes what he is doing. The real, vital interest in the thing is that Governor Peabody of Colorado, has cast a dye which, unless he backs out, to use plain words, means that organized labor is treasonable and, if his attitude is accepted, will mean the crushing of labor organization by the government as being a society or organization which challenges the supremacy of government. As soon as the country realizes what is being done in Colorado it will be recognized as a national issue.

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