Archive for August, 2007

Role Reversal – Harassment

Posted in Society on August 7th, 2007

According to this NY Post Article, Bronx River Nephro-Care employee Jose Carrion was fired after he filed sexual Harassment charges against his employer because his supervisor, Rose Medina made inappropriate sexual advances to him. Ms. Medina is alleged to have, despite Mr. Carrion’s objections:

  • Repeatedly bared her breasts to him
  • Tried to touch his genitals
  • Offered to uses kisses to help him quit smoking

According to court papers in May, Carrion said he gave 30 days’ notice of his resignation but was fired the following day by the Bronx River Nephro-Care’s medical director, who told him, “Company policy is that you get terminated for making sexual-harassment complaints.” Apparently any Bronx River Nephro-Care employee who files sexual harassment charges is immediately terminated. Isn’t that illegal?

What’s even more disturbing is the overall public reaction to Jose Carrion’s situation and suit. The majority of respondents to online articles about Rose Medina sexually harassing Mr. Carrion were quite disparaging to Mr. Carrion! Public opinion seems to hold to the idea that a man cannot be sexually harrased by a woman. Some of the “choicer” comments follow:

  • Either this guy is gay or she was brutal
  • Hmm, i wish my boss was like that
  • Well stop being so upset about it! Why is that a problem that a sexy older woman made you feel her cans? Stop crying like a little girl
  • Either the guy is gay or the boss is butt-ugly
  • Fag

Given the nature of public sentiment, I wonder if Mr. Carrion has much chance in court. More importantly, since role reversal situation like this, ones the upset the stereotypes tend to get more media attention. What will be the overall impact to Mr. Carrion’s life if he pursues the lawsuit?

New Theme & Mods

Posted in Announcements on August 1st, 2007

FYI,

I’ve modified Reflections From a Murky Pond. I had originally based the blog’s layout on Giuliano Gerardi‘s Nebula 1.2 theme, but decided that I wanted a more text based layout. I changed the blog to a heavily modified version of Hakan Aydin‘s 3 Column Black Letterhead theme.

I also modified the the Comments to use Gravatarsso that there’d be profile images for each comment. If you don’t have a Gravatar, you might want to consider setting up a free account.

I hope you all enjoy the new layout. Please let me know if you find any problems or have any suggestions