A Letter To My Senator

This complaint involves two different charges that were processed. In the first charge filed against my former employer, Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC), the charge was never closed even though I was sent a right-to-sue letter because I had hired an attorney after the bureau wrongfully terminated me. It did not take my attorney two years to file suit. It only took Jeffrie Lurie less than two months, but the magistrate dismissed the suit allegedly for expiration of the statute of limitations even though witnesses and one of my offenders admitted to sexually harassing me and making my workplace hostile. I dispute this because the last incident of continuous retaliation was the date of my termination.

Also, the EEOC ignored evidence that my former employer, BWC, in collusion with the state of Ohio conspired to interfere with and interrupt my child support checks as continuous retaliation. As a matter of fact, the Ohio Child Support Enforcement Agency withheld support for six months until I filed a complaint against the agency. The EEOC ignored the fact that the state of Ohio was continuously retaliating against me for more than a decade.

In 2006 I worked for Mercy HealthPlex and started experiencing a hostile work environment as well as sexual harassment. I learned later that the state of Ohio and Mercy HealthPlex colluded to undermine my credibility by working together and sending some of my former coworkers at BWC to harass me on my new job. I dual-filed a charge with the Ohio Civil Rights Commission and the EEOC in August 2009.

By September 2012, I started contacting Ohio Representative Margaret Conditt as well as the Colerain Police Department to cease the fact-finding investigation as I was not only being intimidated, but the process became a financial hardship for me. Conditt’s office made inquiries and told me the OCRC and EEOC was not trying to harass me, but they required additional medical information.

In retaliation for me contacting Conditt and Senator Sherrod Brown, an investigator for the Ohio Highway Patrol illegally detained me and had me committed to UC’s psychiatric facility for 8 days. My insurance company refused to pay for more than a 72 hour hold because I was no danger to myself or anyone else.

In mid January 2013, I went to the Dayton field office of the OCRC and tried withdrawing my charge. There was no incident, yet when the agencies learned I was leaving Ohio, an Ohio Highway Patrol investigator contacted me and stated if I failed to seek psychiatric help and take medicine, they will arrest me. Then they placed a summons in my mailbox. During a dangerous ice storm, I appeared in court in February 2012, and no one from the OCRC or EEOC appeared. The case was set for another court date for April 2012. Neither I nor the OCRC showed up for court, yet the case has haunted me.

In the fall of 2015, I was denied a substitute teaching position because the charge of aggravated menacing was still open. In the spring of 2016, an apartment community in Tucker, GA turned me down for an apartment because of the aggravated menacing charge. In April 2016 I returned to Ohio to defend myself. The case was continued until the beginning of May 2016. I appeared again, but no one from the OCRC or EEOC appeared. I hired a public defender who was surprised the case was not dismissed as no one from the other side appeared 3 years ago nor this year.

The EEOC has continuously denied that any charge I filed was open. I have the right to learn the status of my cases, and I have the right not to be retaliated against by employees at the EEOC and OCRC because I told other politicians and agencies they were not doing their job. Please help me. These agencies have interfered with my life enough!

This Is What I’m Gonna Do To You,” My Coworker Threatened After Hanging A Brown Teddy Bear From His Pod: A Shocking Example Of A Hostile Work Environment

5/18/2016

In 20 Seconds I shifted from anger to terror because I realized that my coworker at the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) was responding to my rejection of his unwanted sexual advances. My supervisor chuckled and said my coworker was “just being ornery.” Ornery? Really? The man had just threatened me with bodily injury, and the supervisor only considered him ornery.

I reported him to BWC’s EEO office. Finally, my supervisor and the agency director told him to take down that teddy bear. But the damage was already done because he next publicly stated that he wanted to “go toe-to-toe” with me. My supervisor and the agency director deemed him crazy and told me to ignore him.

After many more incidents I filed workplace violation charges with the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission). The investigation took so long that I thought the agency had forgotten about me. Eventually the agency sent me a right-to-sue letter, effectively dismissing my charge. Or so I believed. Suffering from depression, I sought medical advice for the condition. Both my psychiatrist and my psychologist advised me not to return my place of employment.

With a school-age daughter to raise, a mortgage and a car note, I could not afford to take time off work. So I endured more sexual harassment, intimidation, hostile work environment and retaliation. I found myself ostracized and labeled crazy because I kept reporting sexual harassment to my employer’s EEO office.

Worse, the EEOC never actually ended the investigation. But they obviously sided with BWC, an agency within the state of Ohio. Suddenly my child support checks stop coming. When I filed an inquiry, I learned that my child’s father was current, but the state of Ohio withheld the support for six months. Talk about continuous retaliation! But I was ignorant of this term and how it could be used to make one’s life a living hell.

Eventually I took a medical leave of absence for major depression. I finally followed the advice of my shrink and my therapist. But BWC was not pleased. They demanded that I return to work, and when I cited my medical condition and no physician’s release, BWC wrongfully terminated me. I hired my coworker’s husband as my attorney—huge mistake. He allegedly failed to file suit prior to the expiration of the statute of limitations.

I nearly suffered a heart-attack; I was so distraught. But what I realize today but failed to realize then was the last incident occurred after I was wrongfully terminated. With my most conservative calculations, I now realize the state owes me at least $700K in back wages. Later I will explain what occurred next. Until the next time . . .

6 Ways to Adjusting to a Horrible Boss

  1. Understand what makes your boss tick. If you can understand what sets him or her off, you may be able to avoid his or her tirades. This may or may not be easy, but it is worth a shot if you could sit across from your boss and query him or her about their pet peeves.
  2. Figure out how to stroke your boss’s ego. Even false praise may keep you out of your boss’s dog house. If your boss is a huge Dallas Cowboy fan, engage him or her about professional football. In this way, you may be able to channel your boss’s aggression and grumpiness into a topic other than how lousy your boss thinks you are doing.
  3. Network within the company. Try schmoozing with other department heads or HR personnel. You’d be surprised to learn that these employees not only like you, but they may possibly help you with your turmoil with your boss.
  4. Recognize the difference between bullying and tough criticism. Are you a tad bit overemotional or sensitive? Approaching the situation in a dispassionate manner and only focusing on the Xs and Os may prevent upsetting feelings after dealing with your boss.
  5. Cut your losses and start looking for another position either within the company or outside of it. Sometimes no matter how hard you try, the boss/employee relationship fails. However, please do not take this as your own personal failure because it is not.
  6. File a complaint with your company’s EEO officer or with an outside agency like the EEOC when all else fails. It is important to note: Pay an attorney to file the workplace violation charge. Filing the charge yourself may present nightmares because you need to limit the scope of the investigation to your favor.

Why Would ‘He’ Want To Set Fire To My Tampon?

5/13/2016

I’m Tracey Lampley. Many apologies for not posting sooner, but I’m back now. Are you wondering about the title of this post? You should because a coworker stated he would set fire to my tampon if I continue being mean to him (by resisting his advances).

I must admit this personal trainer, who dabbled in karate, scared the crap out of me every time he undressed me with his eyes. He even ‘playfully’ punched me in my arm. Back in the day, it was called ‘frogging.’ Frogging me left me bewildered and in pain. Want to know the worst part about this? The assault was captured on camera.

In my days working the front desk at Mercy HealthPlex , I experienced many physical and verbal assaults. Sprinkle in a some psychological assaults, and you have yourself a hostile work environment stew!

But please do not think that you should go to fair employment practices agencies like the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) and/or the OCRC (Ohio Civil Rights Commission) because they will drop you in hell first then supply the ladder–not the water–to bring you back up.

Speaking of ladders, at my gig with the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, the former director stared at my breasts and told me he could school me in being promoted. He said this after I was turned down for promotion.

The entire time I thought I was passed over for promotion in favor of a white male when in fact sleeping with the agency director would have sealed the deal. No, I never slept with him nor did I realize he was violating a workplace rules and regulations. I blame myself for being ignorant of Title VII laws of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

As you know, I am blogging a book to inform and help victims of Title VII laws. Until the next time . . .

 

Did You Know That Retaliation Accounts For More Than One Third Of Workplace Violation Charges?

4/27/2016

According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), in 2015 individuals filed 39, 757 charges related to all statutes of retaliation. This number represents 44.5% of all charges filed. For instance, if an individual files a race, sex or sexual harassment discrimination, that individual should immediately check for employer-related retaliation even in the most petty instance because petty retaliation represents the beginning of either a long battle to come or petty retaliation represents the beginning of the end. All of this is rooted in discrimination.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination based on race, creed, sex, national origin, color and religion. 31,893 individuals filed retaliation charges for Title VII only in the year 2015. The number of filings represents 35.7% of all charges filed. These numbers warn employees to beware of retaliation because employers exercise retaliation in mysterious ways. For instance, suddenly your employer changes your work hours or drops you down from 20 hours per week to 16.

Retaliation comes in all shapes and sizes. If you are responsible for the opening of a gym, and someone hides the keys to the business office so that you cannot transfer the required $200 from the safe to the cash register, that is retaliation–even if your employer uses different people to do such a thing. If you complain about running a cash register, and multiple employees violate or saunter behind the cashier’s desk, and you complain, be prepared for many different people from different departments showing up in your area doing the same thing.

Although this sounds petty; but it isn’t. If you tell your supervisor that you are uncomfortable with multiple people having access to the cash register and the petty cash because you are responsible, you may feel silly, but expressing your thoughts on this will save you from a potential theft charge. NOTE: Proof or allegations of theft nullifies and ends any EEOC or Fair Employment Practices Agencies’ investigation. And even though you wish to keep the peace, your peace was shattered the moment you filed or complained about workplace violations. The company or organization has placed you in the untenable position of fighting for your own reputation because you’ve just been dubbed a troublemaker. Until the next time. . .

Seeing The Light Of Day

4/24/2016

Good evening all. Somehow my words are seeing the light of day. I wish I had blogged my case against the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Ohio Civil Rights Commission (OCRC) long ago. Know this: Filing a workplace violation charge has left me worse off than if I’d never filed one because I’m financially poorer, and I’m just cleaning up the train wreck that was my life. I say this because one cannot endure such an ordeal without receiving many emotional, mental, and physical scars.

Now I’m trying to heal. If you are reading this, you’ll probably want to even the score first before trying to heal. I know because I thirsted for revenge. I’m not sure that my thirst has been quenched by blogging this information. But my anger with God has disappeared. You see: I questioned why this happened to me. I questioned why it occurred for so long. And even though I tried extracting myself from this situation from the beginning, I never achieved acceptance–until now.

I’ve accepted that I’ve experienced the stages of grief through this entire process. And it is a process. Ask anyone who’s ever been through it. Right now, writing about this calms me. I see the light. Or, my story sees the light of day. I totaled my lost wages from my career at the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC). Excluding raises and overtime, BWC and this entire process robbed me of nearly a cool 800 thousand dollars. Those are real losses. Can you imagine what they owe me in punitive damages?

Better yet, by teaming up with my subsequent employer, Mercy HealthPlex, BWC owes me tens of millions of dollars. But most important, the state of Ohio, representing BWC, owes me my life back! Imagine people surveilling you 24/7 to try and get the goods on you. In all of these years, they’ve failed because if they had anything that would impugn my credibility, there’d be no need for surveillance and daily effing with me. If you’re going through something similar, blog about it. Shine the light on the despicable tactics used by Fair Employment Practices Agencies like EEOC and OCRC. The more employees know, the more employees can win. Until the next time . . .

 

Mourning Prince

4/23/2016

How sad it was to hear that Prince died. Although Michael Jackson was a great performer–a genius even, Prince was one of kind brilliant while playing about 7 instruments. Michael played none, but he was still king of pop. And Prince was the prince. He simply performed the greatest concert I’ve ever witnessed back when I was a teenager. At age 50, that concert was still the best performance I’d ever witnessed.

The mystery surrounding Prince’s sexual orientation seduced his fans, sold 100 million albums and sold-out concerts worldwide. Now the world mourns him. I offered prayers for his loved ones and prayers for his soul. The musical genius will certainly be missed. And he is still loved.

Did You Know That Your Employer Prefers Your Resignation?

April 20, 2016

At my position with Mercy HealthPlex, management engineered a plan to force my resignation after I complained of workplace violations. After complaining of a coworker constantly grabbing me around my waist, suddenly male gym members at Mercy HealthPlex started doing the same, going so far as to embrace me. I objected to the touching. I implored my supervisor to place a sign directing non-personnel to do not enter behind the desk. But it was to no avail. Somehow, my coworkers and perhaps a few managers on duty (MODs) encouraged this action so that I would not raise the issue with one coworker in particular making unwanted sexual advances on me.

This man also frogged me in my arm (punched me in my arm), and it was all caught on tape. You see: Mercy HealthPlex’s vice-president set up cameras to capture the shenanigans surrounding the front desk—I found this out later. If the punching had happened anywhere else, the personal trainer would have been terminated immediately. But because the powers that be wanted me to quit, the organization found a more subtle way to get rid of that personal trainer. Knowing that he would balk at the price, management required him to pay hundreds of dollars for recertification, and the man took his services elsewhere.

My point is: Even if you are in the right, bad bosses will find a way around Title VII laws and regulations. You cannot even count on witnesses because those same witnesses are part of the plan to engineer your resignation. Not in all cases, however, do witnesses and unwitting participants understand the machinations of what your boss or bosses are doing. Witnesses could be told it’s a prank, for instance. But ask yourself what prank surrounding unwanted touching is legal in the workplace?

 

Back Home In Georgia

Guess what! The cops did not arrest me nor did they detain me or place me in handcuffs which may have evoked a panic attack. They reissued the citation for aggravated menacing and told me to show up in court in two weeks! I expected to go to jail for at least an hour. Not really. As I stated previously, while I endure this fact-finding process conducted by both the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Ohio Civil Rights Commission (OCRC), the agencies cannot have me jailed for anything. And if either agency becomes aware that I might commit a crime, the agency must terminate the fact-finding process. With that being said, I will not knowingly commit a crime. However, I intend to file an injunction to terminate this process.

As I drove seven hours back home, I stewed on this whole process. Imagine the agencies soliciting and compelling your friends, loved-ones and neighbors to torment you. At times I don’t believe my family knew what was all involved. Perhaps they were told that if they did not cooperate, I would lose my case. I’m here to tell you I’m a winner! I’m claiming it.

After enduring the unreasonable and retaliatory withholding of my child support for six months more than a decade ago, I ended up losing my home. The state of Ohio–my former employer–caused real harm. And they used my ex to do it. You see: while he worked for the city of Newburgh, the New York Child Support Enforcement Agency deducted his obligation from his check. However, the state of Ohio just withheld it for more than six months until I wrote and called everyone screaming bloody murder. To top it off, my ex was not the least bit disturbed that I wasn’t receiving my checks in order to assist in taking care of his daughter. He was in on the whole thing. I suppose he and the state of Ohio were hoping to paint me as an unfit parent. Every month he’d say they were taking it out of his check, and he’d actually chuckle about it. That’s what the process does: laughs at you in the hopes of provoking you. Just another way of continuously retaliating against me.

If you’re missing child support, and you know you’ve filed a workplace violation charge with the EEOC, OCRC and/or other Fair Employment Practices Agencies (FEPAs), beware of these guys. They will try driving you crazy. You’ll feel the torment in the pit of your stomach. It will manifest into major depression, anxiety and acute stress. I’m surprised I’m still living and that I hadn’t had a heart-attack by now. But I’m a survivor. You must reinforce that fact within yourself and beat the FEPAs at all costs. They don’t want you to share your stories, your experiences. But I’m telling la dee da dee every fucking body! I’m sounding the alarm on retaliation, continuous retaliation, hostile work environments and intimidation and sexual harassment.

 

Back In Ohio . . .

I don’t know how I feel about returning to Cincinnati. In no way am I afraid to face this bogus charge that the Ohio Civil Rights Commission (OCRC) hung around my neck like an albatross. I’m ready to do battle. Someone on this blog suggested that I file an injunction against the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) as well as file one against the Ohio Civil Rights Commission. Looking back, I wish I would have blogged this information years ago. It’s funny how much you could learn from total strangers.

Speaking of strangers, even some of my childhood friends feel like strangers to me. This is as a result of my self-isolation. I was so ashamed of losing what I thought was a legitimate lawsuit against my former employer, the Ohio BWC that I couldn’t see straight. Enduring the same workplace violations at my supplemental job humiliated me more. But in between all of this, I endured sabotage of all of my potential and actual romantic relationships.

Imagine your employer setting you up with romantic encounters and/or romantic prospects then telling those same prospects to treat you badly. That’s called interfering with your life. Imagine you already have a boyfriend, and your employer pays him to propose to you just so you might quit your job and move out of state. Welcome to my hell.

If you’ve filed sexual harassment and hostile work environment charges, and your romantic relationships sink to the floor, beware of your employer. It is much easier for your employer to pay off romantic interests to make you look bad than to pay you millions for creating a hostile work environment. True story. But I’ll tell you more in my book Tracey Lampley Surviving the EEOC.

By the way, I’m in town to turn myself in. Tomorrow I’ll show up at the justice center , turn myself in to the police for that bogus aggravated menacing charge and see what happens. Until tomorrow . . .