Grabbing A Literary Agent’s Attention

So I wrote a query letter to a literary agent requesting representation, and she requested a full book proposal for my memoir surrounding my employment at the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. I had no idea what goes into a book proposal, but I quickly found out from author Nina Amir, author of How To Blog A Book. Coming up with about 80 pages of material is time consuming. I intend to finish in the next two weeks.

So the untitled work is a hybrid memoir about the effects of sexual harassment in the workplace and how the hostile work environment transfers to your private life. It serves to caution women about what happens when you report or complain about sexual harassment. It also details the ways in which fair employment agencies like the EEOC and the Ohio Civil Rights Commission interferes with your life and continues a fact-finding investigation long after it should be over.

With the book, I discovered I wasn’t writing it to exact revenge, but I was writing it to prevent other women and men from experiencing the same horrors I experienced. I mention men because this group also experiences sexual harassment and continuous retaliation that turns their work area into a hostile environment.

My hybrid memoir includes interviews from a human resources officer, an industrial psychologist, and an attorney. From their perspective, my readers will learn how I handled the situation–for better or for worse and what if anything I could have done to improve my situation. The benefits of this memoir are enormous for my target audience. Until the next time . . .

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3 Ways The EEOC Interfered With The Rearing Of My Daughter

After filing an EEOC charge, beware of your surroundings because they change drastically. I warn you of this because enduring a fact-finding investigation will alter your life and alter your relationships drastically. If I’d known that filing a workplace violation charge would negatively affect my relationship with my daughter, I would not have filed one because the relationship between my daughter and me is my most important relationship. Therefore, the effect my workplace violation charge had on my daughter is most regrettable. Here are 3 ways the EEOC and my employer, Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC), interfered with me raising my daughter:

  • In retaliation for filing a charge against my employer, the Ohio Child Support Enforcement Agency routinely withheld child support checks for months. As a single mother, I needed those checks, but the Ohio agency would withhold the checks for as much as 6 months at a time as penalty for me filing a workplace violation charge against the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, my former employer. This increased my anxiety and plunged me further into major depression.
  • Prior to receiving disability retirement from Ohio Public Employee Retirement System (OPERS), I filed for workers’ compensation. Since I worked there, I knew exactly what was required to receive payments. Yet, my employer delayed payments in spite of medical documentation. This increased my anxiety and plunged me further into depression. I was so overwhelmed, I found it difficult to get out of bed most mornings, and I found it difficult to explain my moods to my school age daughter. I can’t tell you how many times I tried cleaning my house but lacked the energy to do so. This was embarrassing to my daughter because I wouldn’t permit her friends to visit.
  • As part of their harassment of me, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation approached my neighbors and friends in a bid to obtain dirt on me. One neighbor asked me if I really was a prostitute. This not only angered me, but it horrified me because he said he obtained the information from BWC investigators. Since I was no longer working for BWC, I had no understanding that this was continuous retaliation.

I blame the EEOC for dereliction of duty. Had the agency performed their due diligence, the state of Ohio would have failed in its efforts to destroy me. Even though I’ve now risen from the ashes, I still feel the burn. The EEOC should have known that my employer, the state of Ohio, was continuously retaliating against me.

In the years after filing that first charge, I learned that every employee should familiarize his or herself with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. If the employee familiarizes his or herself with the laws, they would never endure what I’ve endured. Until the next time . . .

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!

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. . .

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 . . .