Discrimination complaint filed against county

July 23, 2008

By KAREN VELIE

Eight Probation Department employees have filed a lawsuit against the county of San Luis Obispo claiming they were harassed and discriminated against because of their race and gender.

The plaintiffs, all Hispanic women, accuse the department of five causes of action including allegations of prejudice in promotions, training, workload, and supervisory requirements in the lawsuit.

Probations Department Human Resource Manager Antonia Herrera accuses the department’s Chief Probation Officer, Kim Barrett, of making racial slurs and condoning discriminatory and harassing conduct towards Hispanics. Herrera alleges she has overheard Barrett refer to Hispanic employees as “wacko” and “not smart enough to do their jobs,” according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit, filed July 14, alleges harassment by Administrative Services Officer Michael O’Connell, and contends management has either ignored complaints, or labeled the conduct as “teasing.” At times, the lawsuit alleges, those complaining were threatened. A 2007 county investigation concluded that allegations of O’Connell’s harassment and intimidation of Hispanic women were true.

Nevertheless, upon the investigation’s conclusion, O’Connell was allowed to retain his position. Some of the women were offered transfers to other departments and threatened with disciplinary action if they discussed the investigation. According to the lawsuit, white employees were not given the same gag order.

“Neither Chief Barrett nor Wendy White (administrative services manager) ever reprimanded O’Connell for his flagrant disregard for the investigator’s findings, nor for his continued hostile conduct towards the complaining Hispanic women,” according to the lawsuit.

Barrett and O’Connell did not return requests for comment.

Attorney for the plaintiffs, Eric Woosley of Santa Barbara, detailed a list of job requirements based on race that include demannding that Hispanic workers call three supervisors when taking a day off and bring a doctors note upon return. White co-workers need call only one supervisor and need not bring proof of their ailment.

“This is one of the most pervasive discriminatory workplaces we have seen in hundreds of cases we have been involved in,” Woosley said. “It is considered a very large discrimination case.”

The plaintiffs are seeking unspecified damages for loss of wages, promotional opportunities, and mental anguish.


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  1. ccn_debate says:

    By: Anonymous on 8/20/08
    WHAT AN INTERESTING TURN OF EVENTS–BUT I'M SURE IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS CASE AND I'M SURE THE MONEY SHE SAVE THE COUNTY HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE FACT THAT THE WAY SHE WENT ABOUT IT WAS BY DISCRIMINATING AGAINST INDIVIDUALS SUCH AS THESE WOMEN. YOU KNOW WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT KARMA!!!

    Human Resources Conflict
    Embattled county human resources director is leaving
    Deb Hossli steps down more than a year after there was controversy surrounding her hiring
    By Sally Connell
    The county’s human resources director, Deb Hossli, has said she will resign from her position.

    County Administrative Officer David Edge said he expects to receive Hossli’s letter of resignation by the end of next week.

    Her departure comes a year and a half after she was hired for the job amid a battle between administration and the county Civil Service Commission.

    Hossli could not be reached for comment Tuesday about why she is resigning. Edge said it is his understanding she is resigning for personal reasons, adding, “I’ll respect Deb’s privacy in that regard.”

    Hossli has held the position since April 2007. For six years prior to that, she directed risk management for the county. She stayed in charge of risk management in her latest position.

    “When she was overseeing risk management, she saved the county literally millions of dollars in liability and workers’ compensation programs,” Edge said.

    Her appointment to the position of human resources director followed a period of tension between Edge and the county Civil Service Commission.

    Edge had originally wanted to make Hossli the assistant director of human resources, but some members of the commission said she was unqualified for the job.

    When the director’s slot came open, the county Board of Supervisors followed Edge’s advice and appointed her to that position, a move that met with renewed disappointment from several Civil Service Commission members and some in the county’s main employee union.

    The job description for the director position was more vague than for the deputy position, which called for a more quantifiable five years of human resources experience.

    Relations between Hossli and the commission seemed to have smoothed in the time since her appointment.

    The supervisors sided with Hossli and the commission in October when it decided to hire a negotiator to represent the Civil Service Commission as the county works on changes to the county’s civil service ordinance.

    Edge had recommended that Hossli could represent the commission in those negotiations.

    By: Anonymous on 8/20/08
    Is Ms. Herrera a legal mexican?
    By: Anonymous on 8/18/08
    But you will be missing the bigger picture. Ms. Herrera has time to pursue her pet project, her true goals were never being a good probation officer, simply to pursue power for herself in the guise of the lofty goals of preventing discrimination of her latina peeps. Ms. Herrera was busy with this when on "medical leave" for a foot owwiee and was paid, including more money for her pension. Now she is on leave again, position that cannot be filled, our tax money wasted on a loser. Basically, our tax dollars are at work in her nonprofit.

    Sadly, over at the prob-dept, her boss still keeps her remaining conniving manglers at her side. No judgement whatsoever.

    I don't mind kids reading spanish or greek or english, but I do agree these kids would be better off learning how to get along in this country, including how to speak and read this country's language. I do not see how these kids benefit from being given product that continues to hold them down.

    Maybe Herrera can spend her paid mangler time at the jail teaching the kids (just the mexican kids, right?) the laws they need to abide by and how to speak and read english.

    If not, bus tickets maybe are a good idea.

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  2. ccn_debate says:

    By: Anonymous on 8/18/08
    Welcome to Mexifornia!
    That's 100% BS.
    Give em books in english and let em learn the language of our country or send their ass back to Mexico. Period.

    By: Anonymous on 8/17/08
    Taken from the Tribune Friday 08/15…and PS: Vision Unida's Director is Mrs. Herrera. This is only part of the story-"Spanish Speaking Juvenile Inmates Get Reading Material Thanks to Local Nonprofit Groups

    Two nonprofit groups donate Spanish books for incarcerated youth at the county’s juvenile hall in the county’s juvenile hall received a collection of 50 new books in Spanish on Thursday. And staff members said the new reading material will be eagerly welcomed by Spanish-speaking youngsters incarcerated at the facility, who often read in their down time.
    The books were donated by the local nonprofit groups Vision Unida and the Latino Outreach Council — which allocated $500 toward the purchase."
    By: Anonymous on 8/15/08
    Do we have the stake ready? Kindling? Let's rock this joint!
    By: Anonymous on 8/10/08
    The mole is smart. And right.
    By: Anonymous on 8/9/08
    I've been in the belly of the beast. Ms. Hampton is as dumb as a turnip and has the work ethic of a sloth.

    She has never held a position in which any real work output has been expected or produced.

    Why isn't someone looking to her financial misdeeds using county funds. She ought to be a probationer or parolee herself instead of a probation oficer and plaintiff in specious suit.
    By: Anonymous on 8/9/08
    I've been in the belly of the beast. Ms. Hampton is as dumb as a turnip and has the work ethic of a sloth.

    She has never held a position in which any real work output has been expected or produced.

    Why isn't someone looking to her financial misdeeds using county funds. She ought to be a probationer or parolee herself instead of a probation oficer and plaintiff in specious suit.
    By: Anonymous on 8/9/08
    I've been in the belly of the beast. Ms. Hampton is as dumb as a turnip and has the work ethic of a sloth.

    She has never held a position in which any real work output has been expected or produced.

    Why isn't someone looking to her financial misdeeds using county funds. She ought to be a probationer or parolee herself instead of a probation oficer and plaintiff in specious suit.

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  3. ccn_debate says:

    By: Anonymous on 8/5/08
    If a government employee is responsible for discrimination or harrassment…then THAT PERSON should be liable for any damages, and if the victim shows the manager/supervisor knew about it and did nothing….then THAT PERSON should be liable for the damages as well. It's insane that we taxpayers pay judgments arising from the stupidity of a few stupid employees….When there is seven layers of management between the Governator, Board of Sups/City Council and the employee with an issue, why should tax-payers be penalized….we didn't hire the bad person, nor did we supervise them. The point of employer liability is to hold the owner liable for the "crimes" of their employees, but it all falls apart when applied to a government….Unless you're a lawyer and hoping to cash in on the "lottery" laws that now exist…..Here's another example of stupidity, the Regional Water Quality board is going to fine the Men's Colony for sewer spillage into Chorro Creek…..So one governmental agency gets to fine another? What's the benefit….what social good is being advanced here people? California Men's Colony pays the RWQC board $300,000.00…..isn't that like the police department paying the fire department money? Gosh, that sure taught them a lesson they'll never forget.
    It's all about the lottery mentality gone wild. The government didn't discriminate…..at best a few bad people did, (the government didn't let sewage leak into Chorro Creek either) and if that's true, the responsible people…read INDIVIDUALS, should pay for it out of whatever they have accumulated from their governmental positions. But otherwise, the tax payers shouldn't be prejudiced….
    Want to change the laws? We'd all be happier. The trick is to elect the right politicians, and hope that they don't need contributions from labor unions and Trial Lawyers…..
    Used to be that if a person was responsible for their own injury…..they couldn't recover a dime…..It all changed back in 1968….Want to change it back?
    By: Anonymous on 8/1/08
    To; Please Calrify; Assuming you are speaking to me; The first case, years ago (with prolonged conducive unconstitutional actions) was by way of Sheriffs. A second case of so-called 'hate speech' with threats and more, came from…well, can't say now, because I'm trying to deal directly with county 1st; If they wish to publicize, I shall invite you, personally, to 'the party' (federal court), albeit, this is not just a matter of, "Oh, you called me a bad name." No,no,no. We are talking violence employed, permanent nerve damage, and the stealing of fundamental, basic human rights, false imprisonment, the cover of crimes (on behalf of county), et alibi (I have a laundry list). I believe in 'sticks n' stones,' but most of what they did to accommodate their heartfelt sentiments shall be revealed, I suppose, eventually. Thanks.
    By: Anonymous on 8/1/08
    To; "To Hanoi"
    Ha. No. It's not a matter of 'pity' albeit, matters are pitiful. And no: It aint no 'party.' The term 'party' for me, means "a court of law," and county gov. loves to invite itself at The Peoples' expense. That aint pitiful?
    By: Anonymous on 8/1/08
    Hanoi? Is your PITY PARTY a byob?
    Tell us the address…we will be there. We all need to protect ourselves from this racist government.
    I'll bring a dozen 40's and some Courvoisier too.
    Will there be music? I can bring my Ludachris CD's.
    By: Anonymous on 7/31/08
    Do you mean cops? Probation, sheriff, county mental health, cps, or some other county agency.
    By: Anonymous on 7/31/08
    As a repeat victim of SLO county racial/religio diatribes (anti-Jew) and many, many accompanying punishments minus due process, and as a disabled U.S. Vet, I say, there is a HUGE lack of constitutional enforcement, hence, no accountability, these both equaling a diktatorship, in essence, where cops lie under oath, corruption abounds, and The People pay, pay, and pay. All people sacrificed themselves for our freedoms. All.
    By: Anonymous on 7/30/08
    The term Latina mafia is very appropriate here. Unless, of course, they want to expend the same amount of energy denouncing the ethno-centric racist policies of The National Council of La Raza and race-based quotas of Affirmative Action.

    Lets all reject racism! We'll start with tax-subsidized racist organizations such as La Raza, and we'll get KSBY, Dave Congalton, and UncoveredSLO to do investigative reporting!

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  4. ccn_debate says:

    By: Anonymous on 7/30/08
    IN RESPONSE TO-
    Fedup says:

    As a Taxpayer and community member, how much are we going to pay for this discrimination lawsuit that should have been resolved and not allowed to escalate this far.
    ANSWER-This has been in the hands of CO. Personnel Dept. from day one and attempted to be resolved at every level. County Counsel and Workers Comp and everyone else who needed to be involved were. The parties had a right to sue and chose to.

    I’m not surprised to learn that David Edge, SLO CAO, would support and spend tax dollars on Kim Barrett without knowing the real facts.
    ANSWER=County Counsel makes that decision and will do the representing. They know the facts. All of them.

    These women must have facts to support their allegations in order for any attorney to take on such a case.
    ANSWER=Not True. Some attorney's will take a case based on a clients statements and the promise of deep pockets. Just because there is a lawsuit does not equal merit.

    There are eight women (not 1 or 2), that claim to have similar allegation that would make anyone question Kim Barrett’s leadership ability.
    ANSWER=These women chose to be led AH, whose lies sounded better than the reality of their day to day job.

    Where has the Personnel Director for the County been when all this was happening?
    ANSWER=On board from day 1 as well as Personnel staff and County Counsel.

    Is this a consequence of her lack of experience and how she became the Personnel Director?
    ANSWER=She has handled this very well.

    I take offense on how many comments there have been about the expense of the lawsuit these women have filed, yet no one has questioned why David Edge continues to support and expend tax dollars to defend Barrett when clearly she has made poor choices in judgment and not followed county procedures.
    ANSWER=What poor choices? What county procedures?
    When the lies AH have told come out that will put these biased accusations to rest.
    By: Anonymous on 7/30/08
    To take a stand and be a leader:

    Unfortunately, there are no leaders within the existing management of the department. Only those who change their minds mid- sentence. Ms.Barrett quickly dismisses any change with a the wave of her hand or simply assigns a task to her managers who bow down. Most of the managers avoid difficult situations and don't give a straight answers because they are protecting themselves and want to keep secrets. There are lies, and backdoor deals being made by managers. There are also employess who enjoy to gossip which ulitmately leads to termination of others and or disciplinary actions. These actions violate the conduct policy and are not dealt with accordingly.The favored are only counseled while others feel the the wrath. If this is not discrimination, what is?
    By: Anonymous on 7/30/08
    I agree!!! We are all a community here people. Enough has been said!

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  5. ccn_debate says:

    By: Anonymous on 7/30/08
    Maybe everyone should stop posting on this site and 'UncoveredSLO' should read before bogs are posted. None of these posts are helpful; only hurtful. I say no more posting hate words, racisl slurs, gossip, rumors or unprofessional comments. We are a community and we will still be a community even after this is over. What's done is done and only time and facts can give us the 'for-sure' on the future.
    By: Anonymous on 7/30/08
    To Chupacabra:

    It must surprise many readers of the community how you refer to racial slurs (latina mafia) when someone is in support of Antonia and the other women who have filed the lawsuit. You also state that those who post comments against her know her work ethic or lack thereof and should overall know her true character. You should never put words in other peoples’ mouths and it is clear to see that your feelings and discrimination towards Antonia is blatantly clear. It is also clear to say that you are a true supporter of Barrett even though you make a short statement about not being a fan of hers only to throw the readers off. Your continued bashing of Antonia’s reputation clear back to when she was first hired with the department, despite what she has done for many employees within the Probation Department also says a lot about your discriminating and hatred towards her. Antonia is probably the only manager that was always at the office making sure she was available to staff at all times. She never judged and always heard all sides. I believe that everyone who has come to Antonia with an issue could attest to that. I know, because I was one of them and even though management would not budge, I know she tried because she documented everything and passed it on to me for my records along with memos from management directed to me. For you to make a statement that this is a pathetic issue in the first place is because you must have never made an attempt to know or work with Antonia to see what kind of ethical and professional individual she truly is. Employees having direct supervisors and or managers including Chief Barrett brought issues to Antonia because those employees were not being heard or having their issues dealt with. Antonia did not go looking for employees to come to her… she simply did her job and did it well. Employees had faith in her. If you are the kind of person speaking on behalf of Chief Barrett… you should stop because you are only making her look more of a discriminator than she already is by using racial slurs and bashing all the women involved in the lawsuit knowing very well that these women are hard working employees. It’s time to take your foot out of your mouth!
    By: Anonymous on 7/30/08
    Here's what we know:

    Those who post in support of Antonia are likely either her, or her latina mafia band of supporters.

    Those who post against Antonia, know her work ethic(lack there of), and overall know her true character.

    To keep this focused on Antonia for a moment, it is well known that she was hired some time ago during the Lum era, went straight to the top in an organization and realm of work she knew NOTHING about. She did however check the right boxes on the application and spoke espanol which furthered the hope for a more diverse dept.. She remained in the top tier of managment despite being totally inept and borderline corrupt. Not much of a "glass ceiling" after all, eh? As for her band of co-complainers, they, as a whole are not cream of the crop by any stretch. Since when does accountability for sub par work equal discrimination?

    I do have to say I am not the number fan of Kim Barrett. She isn't the bandit Antonia would like to make her out to be.

    It's pathetic that this is an issue in the first place. Don't do your work, don't have job. Period. It's time for probation to get it together, dump the lops and dead wood who refuse to do what they are paid for, send Antonia as well as her cronies packing, and get on with life. There are plenty of good employees who are being dragged through the mud because of these nit-wits.
    By: Anonymous on 7/29/08
    Isn't it true Mr. David Edge that Kim Barrett is an exempt employee? That means that you do not need to go through civil service to remove her from her position. She can be fired at any time. We all know she has had her share of issues with her employees, (ie. the last session of blogs) but you sir still keep her employed. So essentially YOU sir are wasting my hard earned tax paying dollar by keeping her in her position and supporting her ILLEGAL behavior. It sounds like she is truly a problem for this county and will continue to cost me money, and YOU are too. Maybe we should clean up David Edge so someone else can clean up probation. I would much rather go on vacation, then pay for Kim Barrett's defense!!!!

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  6. ccn_debate says:

    By: Anonymous on 7/29/08
    As a Taxpayer and community member, how much are we going to pay for this discrimination lawsuit that should have been resolved and not allowed to escalate this far. I’m not surprised to learn that David Edge, SLO CAO, would support and spend tax dollars on Kim Barrett without knowing the real facts. These women must have facts to support their allegations in order for any attorney to take on such a case. There are eight women (not 1 or 2), that claim to have similar allegation that would make anyone question Kim Barrett’s leadership ability. Where has the Personnel Director for the County been when all this was happening? Is this a consequence of her lack of experience and how she became the Personnel Director? I take offense on how many comments there have been about the expense of the lawsuit these women have filed, yet no one has questioned why David Edge continues to support and expend tax dollars to defend Barrett when clearly she has made poor choices in judgment and not followed county procedures.
    By: Anonymous on 7/29/08
    I’m appalled after reading all of the attacks and harassing comments made towards Ms. Herrera. We DO have harassment and retaliation amongst employees within the probation department. These blogs are just one example of this. We all know who is writing these attacking blogs against Ms. Herrera; Sandra, Michael, and Doug! This is your style . . . stop harassing . . . I hope you all get terminated from the department for inappropriate behavior during company time. I can assure you that there are only a handful of employees within the department who support Chief Barrett’s leadership style. Barrett would like to blame all of the department’s problems on this lawsuit knowing very well that the problems within the department ,including the juvenile hall and the finance division with the absent manager who would do nothing to protect her staff while her supervisors continue to harass and maintain a hostile work environment. Barrett, we want you OUT! Leave and give us the opportunity to heal and get the leadership we truly deserve.
    By: Anonymous on 7/29/08
    You don't get it do you. We don't want some radical lib judge that is legislating from her bench to decide this. The court system is riddled with lefty loons and common sense is out the window.
    We want this hack fired and jailed and billed for the costs so far.
    This is why people do not trust tax supported agencies. Too much inbreeding of waste and laziness. They all think they work so hard…Bullcrap! You wouldn't last one day in the private sector world where you actually have to something for a paycheck.
    Pathetic! Go back to work and quite wasting my money telling us (that pay your salary) are so wrong.
    Never ever forget that you work for ME! Now scoot and do something or I will fire YOU!
    By: Anonymous on 7/28/08
    I have attempted to distance myself from this because I am a member of this department. I will keep my name private. People who don't work for our department have no idea, so you can sit and make your calls and judgments all you want. It's despicable that a person like Antonia Herrera, who we all know is the only advocate for the Staff at probation, gets ripped apart and where is all the people she has stood up for? It's time to show your support-remember when she didn't judge you? Discrimination and harassment is not okay and neither are the racially curved blogs posted here. The judge will decide and imagine the evidence that is going to come out…I bet this gets bigger than the current 8 or 9.
    By: Anonymous on 7/28/08
    Tired is correct.

    I too work for this dysfunctional department and fear retaliation. Barret should have gone long ago. Sadly, not much will change;her the actions will continue to be condoned.
    By: Anonymous on 7/28/08
    I have attempted to distance myself from this because I am a member of this department. I can't any longer. I will keep my name private because I know that unless I say what the Chief wants to hear I may be targeted. For those of you who don't work for our department you have no idea, so you can sit and Monday morning quarterback all you want. It's interesting to read the comments in support of the Chief because the only ones who would know are individuals that have a personal relationship with her. (Because we all know it isn't her staff). I was around to see the Chief order her staff to stay off the blogs when she was being bashed. Now that others (her friends) are doing the bashing it's ok. She is continuing to support the type of behavior that got her into this situation. It's unfortunate that a person like Mrs. Herrera, who we all know is our only advocate at probation, gets trashed this way and no one she has stood up for stands up for her. Discrimination no matter what form is not ok. Let the judge decide. I'm still waiting for the order from the Chief to not blog bad things about people. I bet we never get it.

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  7. ccn_debate says:

    By: Anonymous on 7/28/08
    Each of these women have sacrificed their personal lives, jobs, reputations and families to take this courageous stand and fight for what they belive in.
    Racism is a horrible thing, the Glass Ceiling is a horrible thing. To Antonia and to all of the other ladies, I commend you. Thank you for making SLO County a better place for me and one day my daughters.
    By: Anonymous on 7/28/08
    The solution is simple. Employers need to start using 2 words. "YOU'RE FIRED".
    Document your case, move swiftly, cut no slack. Do the job or get out!
    Otherwise these idiot militant blood sucking diversity freaks will bleed us dry in court!
    California is a right to work state. There are NO gaurantees. Do the job or get fired!
    These tax supported clowns need to wake up and stop wasting my money!
    By: Anonymous on 7/27/08
    Man people whine too much, so what if they were harrassed. They should have harrassed back. People need to stop being wimps and stop using civil suits to fight their fights.
    By: Anonymous on 7/27/08
    Read this suit – Page 6 Lines 2 and 3 of the claim says that “the majority of probation clients …are Hispanic” and further claims that those probationers “speak only Spanish”.

    It is unfortunate that Antonia Herrera feels the need to disparage the reputation of her own Hispanic community by making the false allegation that the majority of those on probation are Hispanic and that most only speak Spanish.

    Both of these statements are untrue and she knows very well that this statement is a lie.

    One can only wonder how much of the rest of her lawsuit is also fiction and sour grapes?

    Head's up Antonia. Not everyone is going to believe that we are all criminals or victims. Nor are we going to believe that because you have sucked a small group of the naive and ignorant women into your lawsuit that they are being victimized by anything but their own poor job performance.

    You and your own selective brand of racisim has held our people down long enough while you pretend that we need you to champion our rights.

    Guess what…work hard, be smart, better yourself by being worthy and you'll be in demand.

    You don't speak for me or my family. I'm not black and you're not Jessie Jackson.

    I don't need a "champion" because I'm not a victim.
    By: Anonymous on 7/27/08
    What else could she do? She and Myron tried to oust Kim to get #2 and #1 respectively, and that caused Myron Nalepa to "retire" heh. she had to sue. But, wait, aren't gangs illegal? Better get LT on it. No wait. she will go after Kim next. Latina Mafia. Lesbian Mafia. Whatever.

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  8. ccn_debate says:

    By: Anonymous on 7/27/08
    One complaint I might believe. Two…maybe. But eight all at once? Sounds too much like a conspiracy. So many people these days expect evreything handed to them on a silver platter.

    And when it's not, our idiotic laws allow them to file frivolous lawsuits claiming all kinds of cockamamie excuses.

    If the allegations are true and can be proven beyond a reasonable doubt, then good for the plaintiffs. If found to be baseless, then I hope these plaintiffs lose their jobs and are made to pay the entire cost of the action against the county.
    By: Anonymous on 7/27/08
    I was privy to the two discrimination cases that I refered to on this blog. The cases were lost because the cases were bogus. It was nothing but hispanic woman (in both cases) wanting to be privledged and even going so far as to make claims of incidents that never happend but couldn't be proven either way. I know in one case the incidents never happend because I was the one they accused. In the second case there was a servalence camera (unknown) that proved the facts. These cases are usually driven for financial gain and grand standing for power and recognition. This is a big problem in our country. If a case is lost the plaintiff should have to pay all attorney fees and court costs. I'll be watching this case and lets see what the facts really are.
    By: Anonymous on 7/26/08
    Currently the most discriminated person on earth is the white male. Does he complain and sue everyone? No. Why not? Because the attorney will not do anything with it because it is just accepted as business as usual.
    By: Anonymous on 7/26/08
    In response to Mistrial and in Kim Bryson's defense if you grew up as a minority in Hawaii as the only white family on whatever island it was then you should understand what these women are going through and also understand that discrimination in any shape or form is wrong! Being faced with it yourself you would think you'd be more sympatheic. Like Kim said let the Judge decide.
    By: Anonymous on 7/26/08
    Kim not only targeted latinos, but she had her turn with the lesbians, other staff injured on the job, as well as white people who didn't go along with her program. She is indeed an equal opportunity discriminator.
    By: Anonymous on 7/26/08
    Hi Kim:

    Since the Complaint alleges discrimination, posters are generally making comments based upon what they think about the merits of the case as well as their own experiences.

    If the Attorney Woolsey who represents Herrera did not want to make a public issue of this case, he should have not sought out the media to make incendary remarks in a press release/conference. Instead, he chose to publicize the case. When you do that, you can and should expect various sorts of responses.

    If you believe that there is racism on this message board, please contact the site administrators to demand better oversight/comment moderation/deletion.

    By the way, should you or anyone else wants to read anti-caucasian/"whitey" remarks on the internet, I suggest you visit latimes.com, Top of the Ticket blog. The hatred against white people there is scary.

    Having grown up on Kauai, where my family were the only whites in Waimaea Canyon (and we were in the minority on the entire island), I can reassure you that there is plenty of prejudice against whites too.

    ~Misstrial

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