Unformatted text preview: fecting my job personally, yes, because he gave
favoritism to the three that went along with it, like unbelievable favoritism. They lived by
a whole different set of rules.
*925 When someone complained to upper management about Mr. Rock-we do not know
whether it was about his running sexual commentary, or about other complaints
associated with his management methods, he called a meeting and told his staff:
Somebody here has gone upstairs and complained about me.... I'm here to tell you right
now, they don't care what I do down here ... You salespeople sell $80,000 a month for
Appliance Direct. I make them hundreds of thousands a month....Who do you think they
are going to get rid of? Me, you, or you?
Mr. Rock then threatened serious repercussions if anyone else complained.
Ms. Blizzard did not complain much. She did talk to a zone manager, but did not tell him
that Mr. Rock was making sexual comments. Rather, she discussed his attitude and
management style. She said that she asked the zone manager if he knew what was
happening in the Melbourne store, but did not go into great detail because she thought he
knew what she was talking about. She also discussed her concerns about Mr. Rock in
generalities with an acting manager during a period when Mr. Rock was away from the
store. She described the acting manager as sympathetic, but not willing to make waves. A
similar discussion with an assistant manager had about the same conclusion.
Finally, Ms. Blizzard ran into a woman who worked in the human relations department of
Appliance Direct who appeared to be very willing to help. Ms. Blizzard's employment
was concluded the following day, however, before she had the opportunity to meet with
her. The end came when Mr. Rock was ranting to another female employee. Ms. Blizzard
then told him that she thought he was prejudiced and “don't like white women.”
According to Ms. Blizzard, Mr. Rock fired her on the spot. According to Mr. Rock, she
just walked out. Either way, Ms. Blizzard filed suit. 278 In her two-count complaint Ms. Blizzard sought damages for sexual harassment and for
maintenance of a hostile work environment in the first count, and back pay and damag...
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- Spring '08
- Supreme Court of the United States, Appellate court, Summary judgment