A Former Editor for the New York Post Alleges Harassment and Retaliation

A New York Post editor whose departure was announced Tuesday alleged she was fired two months after revealing to an executive that former editor Col Allan had sexually harassed her.

The Post said any suggestion of wrongdoing related to Editor-in-Chief Keith Poole’s announcement of Michelle Gotthelf’s exit was meritless.

Poole, who Gotthelf said fired her after more than two decades at the Post, is a defendant in a lawsuit she filed Tuesday, along with Allan, the newspaper’s publishing company and corporate owner News Corp.

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A Harvard Law School Clinic Sues For ICE Detention Records

A Harvard Law School clinic has sued federal immigration officials for failing to release records about the use of solitary confinement in immigration detention facilities.

The Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program said in a lawsuit filed in Boston federal court that it submitted records requests to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, but the agencies haven’t fully complied in more than four years.

The Cambridge-based clinic said immigrant rights advocates have raised concerns over the use of solitary confinement on vulnerable immigrant populations, including LGBTQ individuals and people with disabilities.

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Microsoft Implements a Third-Party Review of Its Harassment and Discrimination Policies

Microsoft’s board of directors is hiring a law firm to review the company’s policies on sexual harassment and discrimination after years of complaints of wrongdoing at the company. The review, which will be conducted by law firm Arent Fox, will include a public transparency report “assessing the effectiveness of the company’s workplace sexual harassment and gender discrimination policies, training, and related policies.”

It will also include an assessment of Microsoft’s previous investigation into allegations against the company’s co-founder and former CEO Bill Gates. GeekWire reports that this review won’t reinvestigate Gates’ affair with a company employee in the year 2000. Bill Gates resigned from the Microsoft board in March 2020, and reportedly left before Microsoft had completed its investigation.

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A Fired Washington Fire Chief Alleges Racial Discrimination

A former Kennewick fire chief is suing the southeast Washington city in federal court, saying he was fired because he is Black and opposed discriminatory practices toward racial minorities and women.

Former Kennewick Fire Chief Vince Beasley worked for the Kennewick Fire Department for 40 years, including as chief from 2014 until 2019. He seeks a jury trial, lost pay, and emotional harm and punitive damages, The Tri-City Herald reported.

Beasley’s attorney, Beth Bloom of Seattle, said Kennewick City Manager Marie Mosley, who is named as a defendant, illegally held Beasley to a higher standard than white employees.

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Federal Lawsuit Accuses WA State Officials of Granting Native American Casinos a Monopoly

A federal lawsuit filed Tuesday claims Washington state officials unlawfully granted Native American casinos a ’”discriminatory tribal gaming monopoly” over sports betting and other types of gambling.

The Seattle Times reports the lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., by Maverick Gaming LLC, which owns and operates 19 of 44 licensed card rooms in the state. Maverick and owner Eric Persson have unsuccessfully lobbied state lawmakers in recent years to expand sports gambling beyond tribal casinos.

Such gambling was approved only for tribal casinos in March 2020 and went into effect in September 2021 on a case-by-case basis.

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Parents of Late ‘Jeopardy!’ Champion Sue Hospital For Negligence and Malpractice

The parents of a five-time champion on the game show “Jeopardy!” are accusing a Las Vegas-area hospital where he underwent abdominal surgery of causing his death in February 2021.

Brayden Smith, who died at 24, was one of the last “Jeopardy!” contestants to appear with host Alex Trebek before Trebek died in November 2020 after battling pancreatic cancer. Trebek was 80.

Smith’s parents, Scott and Deborah Smith, filed a lawsuit Monday in Nevada state court against St. Rose Dominican Hospital-Siena Campus in Henderson, hospital corporation Dignity Health, and several doctors and nurses.

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The Atlantic Faces Defamation Accusations

A freelance writer, Ruth Shalit Barrett, accused The Atlantic of defamation in a lawsuit that centers on the rare retraction of a magazine article.

Ms. Barrett was the author of “The Mad, Mad World of Niche Sports,” an investigative article about wealthy Connecticut parents pursuing Ivy League admissions for their children through various athletic endeavors. The Atlantic published the article online in October 2020 and in its November 2020 print issue.

After questions were raised by The Washington Post’s media critic, Erik Wemple, The Atlantic took the highly unusual step of retracting the entire article. In a lengthy editor’s note, the outlet said that “new information” had emerged that cast doubt on the accuracy of the article and the “trustworthiness” of Ms. Barrett. The Atlantic also said Ms. Barrett had encouraged a source to lie to its fact checkers and noted details about Ms. Barrett’s background, including plagiarism accusations against her in the 1990s when she was a reporter at The New Republic.

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Officers Sue Baltimore Police Department For Racial and Gender Discrimination

Four Black women police officers have sued the Baltimore police department for racial and gender discrimination, including one who alleged in court documents that the treatment caused her to give birth on the sidewalk in 30 degree weather.

Sergeant Danika Yampierre has worked at the department for 15 years and said she experienced horrible workplace stress. “I would never want my children to experience this and to see everything that I’m going through,” said Yampierre, who said she had to undergo emergency surgery after the birth.

She is one of three other Black women police officers  — including sergeants Jasmin Rowlett and Welai Grant and former sergeant Tashawna Gaines — who have filed lawsuits against the department for discrimination and a hostile work environment.

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Boss Who Paid Former Employee in 91,000 Oily Pennies Is Sued For Back Wages

Aformer auto shop employee who discovered 91,500 pennies in his driveway may be getting the last laugh.

Andreas Flaten reportedly put in his two weeks’ notice to A OK Walker Autoworks in Peachtree City, Georgia, in November 2020. It wasn’t until March 2021 that his former employer paid Flaten the $915 he allegedly owed him, oily pennies and all.

Now, the U.S. Department of Labor has gotten involved.

On January 5, the department issued a press release announcing a filed complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia against Miles Walker, owner and operator of the auto shop. It is alleged that Walker owes $36,971 in back wages and liquidated damages after investigators found they violated the retaliation, overtime and recordkeeping prohibitions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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NFLPA Looks Into Antonio Brown’s Mismanagement Claims Against Buccaneers

The NFL Players Association (NFLPA) will investigate Antonio Brown’s allegations that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are covering up practices of medical mismanagement, which the athlete said was the reason for his termination from the team and the cause of his abrupt exit off the field on Jan. 2.

The NFLPA told USA Today Sports that it was standard practice to investigate players’ allegations, but the organization had not heard from Brown yet, so it did not have any details.

In a move that shocked many on Sunday, Brown threw off his helmet and shirt and jogged off the field in the middle of a game with the New York Jets. People were quick to cite Brown’s history of sexual abuse allegations and his punishment for getting a fake vaccination card last year.

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