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Unformatted text preview: began to work under the supervision of one Jeff Rock, who was the manager of the
According to Ms. Blizzard and other employees who testified, Mr. Rock was a
“hothead,” whose management style included yelling, screaming and berating her and the
other employees around her. Much more troubling was her testimony that Mr. Rock
constantly talked about his penis, including graphic descriptions of its size, and his sexual
prowess, history, successes and aspirations. He would make lewd comments about female
workers and customers, and whinny like a horse when an attractive woman would come
into the store. Typical was the testimony of another female worker who said that on a
couple of occasions Mr. Rock asked her what type of underwear she was wearing, and
would stand inappropriately close to her when she was checking a sales ticket. A third
female employee described Mr. Rock as “very unprofessional. Very, very dirty
mouthed.” She confirmed that he “constantly” made sexual comments, and described his
comments as follows: 277 He was always like referring to his private parts, quote/unquote, making jokes about his
sexual abilities, always bragging about how he was a ladies' man or whatever, but he was
just very dirty mouthed.
This witness also confirmed that he “would always degrade women and was feared by
many employees.” At trial Mr. Rock denied making sexual comments, but agreed that if
he had discussed his penis, used profanity and asked a female employee about her
underwear, that would at least constitute a violation of Appliance Direct's policies and
One of the difficulties presented by this case arises out of the fact that according to Ms.
Blizzard, Mr. Rock's sexual comments were not directed to her, nor did he ever touch her
or make any sexual advances toward her. She, in fact, was under the impression that he
did not like her at all. She did testify, however, about the favors and preferences that Mr.
Rock would give to other women who were more receptive to his management style. She
said in this respect:
You can blow off whatever. But it was af...
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- Spring '08