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    A federal judge has ordered Fry’s Electronics to pay a $100,000 penalty for its actions in a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit involving a young female employee at its Renton store.  
     
    The charges were brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).  
     
    Fry’s was charged with intentionally withholding evidence, raising a “fallacious” argument and demonstrating a “disturbing lack of candor to the tribunal,” according to a statement by the EEOC.  
     
    “The Court finds that defendant’s conduct in this respect was unfair, unwarranted, unprincipled, and unacceptable,” said U.S. District Court Judge Robert S. Lasnik.  
     
    This set of sanctions, announced July 3, are the second set of sanctions issued to Fry’s by Judge Lasnik in this litigation. On May 10, the court found that Fry’s had willfully destroyed evidence, including hard drives where relevant information may have been stored. The court also ordered that the jury be instructed to make an adverse inference on one of Fry’s defenses. Fry’s Electronics was represented by the law firm of Jackson Lewis.  
     
    The EEOC initially brought suit against Fry’s on Sept. 29, 2010, alleging that an assistant store manager sexually harassed a young female employee, America Rios. The agency also alleged that the company fired supervisor Ka Lam in after the supervisor complained to Fry’s management about the harassment. Lam intervened as a plaintiff in the agency’s lawsuit, which seeks relief for both individuals.  
     
    The court also found that Fry’s withheld detailed allegations of sexual harassment against the same assistant store manager made by another female subordinate in 2001, in addition to other evidence. Fry’s withheld the requested evidence until May 30, 2012, just a few weeks prior to a related arbitration held last month. Seattle attorney Scott Blankenship represented both Lam and Rios at the arbitration.  
     
    “Defendant has deliberately engaged in deceptive practices that undermine the integrity and orderly administration of these proceedings,” said Judge Lasnik.  
     
    The $100,000 sanction will help offset Lam and Rios’ costs caused by the company’s conduct and to “punish unacceptable behavior” and deter future bad conduct, according to a statement by the EEOC. The money will be shared by the court, the EEOC, Lam and Rios.  
     
    “As trial attorneys, we all expect zealous advocacy from the other side, but we also expect all parties to a lawsuit to play fair,” said EEOC Supervisory Trial Attorney John Stanley. “Violating discovery rules and orders of the court drags our profession down and does nothing to further the cause of justice.”  
     
    EEOC Regional Attorney William Tamayo approves of the outcome.  
     
    "Judge Lasnik took this matter seriously and sent a strong message to this employer and other litigants that the court will not tolerate discovery abuses and hide-the-ball litigation tactics," he said.  
     
    A trial date for EEOC v. Fry’s Electronics, Inc. has been set for November 5.  
     
    http://renton.patch.com/articles/fry-s-electronics-slapped-with-six-figure-fine-in-harassment-of-renton-employee
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      CommentAuthorFrenchy Fry
    • CommentTimeJul 8th 2012 edited
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    The Seattle Times:  
     
    Fry's ordered to pay $100,000 for 'deceptive' actions in lawsuit:  
     
    A federal judge in Seattle fined Fry's Electronics $100,000 this week for withholding information in a lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of two employees.  
     
    The EEOC suit charged that Fry's improperly fired Ka Lam, a supervisor at Fry's in Renton, after he protested that an assistant store manager was sexually harassing a young female employee.  
     
    U.S. District Court Judge Robert Lasnik ruled this week that Fry's, a consumer-electronics retailer headquartered in San Jose, Calif., destroyed computer hard drives with information that might have been relevant to the case and withheld information such as a prior claim of sexual harassment by the same manager.  
     
    "Judge Lasnik took this matter seriously and sent a strong message to this employer and other litigants that the court will not tolerate discovery abuses and hide-the-ball litigation tactics," said John Stanley, supervisory trial attorney for the EEOC, in a statement.  
     
    Fry's attorney, Michael Griffin of the Jackson Lewis law firm, declined to comment.  
     
    The EEOC sued in September 2010 after Lam filed a complaint with the commission alleging that Fry's terminated him in retaliation for protesting the treatment of the employee, America Rios.  
     
    Rios had reported that the store's assistant manager repeatedly sent her text messages in which he offered her alcohol even though she was underage, invited her to his home and made sexual references.  
     
    The judge also sanctioned Fry's for not disclosing until recently that the assistant store manager had been investigated by the company over an earlier accusation of sexual harassment in 2001.  
     
    He also found that notes taken by the Renton store manager about Rios' complaint had been removed from the files.  
     
    Fry's "has deliberately engaged in deceptive practices that undermine the integrity and orderly administration of these proceedings," Lasnik wrote in his ruling.  
     
    In addition to fining Fry's, Lasnik ruled that evidence about prior sexual-harassment complaints at Fry's will be admissible at trial, which is scheduled for Nov. 5 in Seattle.  
     
     
    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/2018623881_frys07.html
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    LAW 360:  
     
    Law360, New York (July 06, 2012, 9:11 PM ET) -- A federal judge in Washington state slapped Fry's Electronics Inc. with $100,000 in sanctions Tuesday for hiding or destroying relevant information and redacting phone records in an effort to impede a sex discrimination suit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.  
     
    In his July 3 order imposing the discovery abuse sanctions, U.S. District Judge Robert S. Lasnik said Fry’s deliberately engaged in deceptive practices that undermined the integrity and orderly administration of the court’s proceedings.
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      CommentAuthoryeahyeah
    • CommentTimeJul 9th 2012
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    Lmao
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      CommentAuthorcscottm
    • CommentTimeAug 30th 2012
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    Update to this story - Federal officials say electronics retailer Fry's will pay a $2.3 million settlement  
     
    http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Frys-to-pay-23M-sexual-harassment-settlement-168022386.html
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      CommentAuthorFrenchyFry
    • CommentTimeAug 30th 2012
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    For More Entertainment, Read the Posted Comments following the News Article.
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      CommentAuthorFrenchyFry
    • CommentTimeAug 30th 2012 edited
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    Another Article from Los Angeles Times.  
     
     
     
     
     
    http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-frys-eeoc-20120831,0,3321462.story
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      CommentAuthorasdf
    • CommentTimeAug 30th 2012
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    Frye should take all sexual harassment allegations seriously. It's a million dollar fine or reward per person. Is protecting management really worth it?