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U.S. Cellular reps scanned customers phones for nude pictures according to sexual harassment suit

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U.S. Cellular reps scanned customers phones for nude pictures according to sexual harassment suit
Lisa Blazek, who worked from 2007-2010 as a retail consultant at a U.S. Cellular store in Iowa, is suing the regional carrier for sexual harassment. According to Blazek, employees at the store located in the northwest Iowa city of Spencer, would routinely search customers' phones seeking pictures of a sexual nature. If such photos were found, they would be passed around the store. Blazek, 32, made the claim with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, filed as part of an amended lawsuit in federal court last week.

In her filing, Blazek said that "Many times I would be called over to look at something only to find out that it was a sexual picture on a customer's phone." More specifically, she says that she was shown pictures of a woman masturbating, a man lying on a bed naked and other pornography. Attorneys representing U.S. Cellular and four employees named in the lawsuit denied the allegations. According to Blazek, the store featured almost non-stop sexual harassment including talk by her co-workers of their sex life and that of customers. Her own genitalia and her favorite sexual positions were art of conversations and one time she claims that a fellow worker asked to see her breasts. When she complained to the store manager, he told her to deal with it since she was the one bothered by it. She was also threatened that she could lose her job by complaining to executives higher-up the corporate ladder. Eventually, Blazek had her hours changed to avoid the worst of the offenders, but there was no disciplinary action taken.

Blasek, who is married and has left U.S. Cellular to return to school, is seeking compensation for lost pay and health benefits, suffering and emotional distress and additional punitive damages in an effort to deter similar conduct in the future. Blazek said the harassment got worse after she reported it. In her filing, she claims that a company investigator tried to get her to admit that she had a relationship with one of the problem employees and tried to get her to forget the filing. After being told that she would have to move to a different U.S. Cellular location, Blasek finally quit. In the filing she wrote, "It got to the point where I could no longer handle going to work. It affected me physically, mentally and emotionally. It took over every aspect of my life."

In an unusual move, U.S. District Judge Mark Bennett told lawyers for both sides that he was using the suit as a case study for a employment discrimination class he teaches at Drake University. Both sides agreed that certain papers would be sealed until June.

source: AP

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posted on 11 Mar 2012, 03:21 10

1. andrew1953 (Posts: 175; Member since: 13 Nov 2011)


Bloody amazing! Incredible what people put up with and what becomes the norm for many after a while. But eventually reality catches up with you and the perversity of this sickness can't be denied. Accountability is the best form of prevention.

posted on 11 Mar 2012, 03:53 10

2. TerryCrowley (Posts: 184; Member since: 31 Jul 2011)


Another typical woman trying to milk a situation because she got lazy and quit her job. Now she has a problem with it AFTER the fact. If she really was bothered by it she would have took action a lot sooner.

posted on 11 Mar 2012, 12:15 4

13. Stuticus (Posts: 26; Member since: 05 Feb 2012)


How bout you reseve your Chauvinistic judgment until after the rulings? Might have it occoured to you that she needed the job and didn't want to loose out on the pay? The economy sucks right now and there aren't a lot of jobs out there.

posted on 11 Mar 2012, 13:20 3

16. cellgeek82 (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)


Some people feel intimidated to report immitiately. I'm sure she would have reported it sooner, but even still, she still went through hell!

posted on 11 Mar 2012, 06:28 13

3. medicci37 (Posts: 713; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


@Ferry Crowley Are you really that fckn stupid ? & I thought the ifans were dumb. Some people are not as exited 2 see dic pic's as you are (:-o

posted on 11 Mar 2012, 10:02 9

8. iami67 (Posts: 318; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


sorry but crowly is correct. It seemed as if she became the problem in the store which is why she was asked to move. She didint like that so decided to quit and press charges. If everything was as bad as she is claiming then why wait till she quit. Doesnt add up. And for the dummy that said crowly is dumb let me guess your a woman. I have worked in enviroments like this before and in a place where the employee get close and become friends you start to talk as friends. From the little this article tells us is that at first she was alright with these convos and was involved in them. She even dated one of the other employees and when he broke up with her is when the problems started. And now she is denying the relationship cause she is also married. Seems this woman is the problem. Yet I also agree that even in a joking manner you should not talk like this at work even if you are friends outside of work. That being said if you do not like the way your co workers behave do not hang out with them outside of work either then try to bring that to the work place.

posted on 11 Mar 2012, 11:48 6

11. medicci37 (Posts: 713; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


You are even more pathetic that the idiot you are defending.If you would stop making assumptions & just use common sense you might learn something. Im not a women. My name is Michael Davis. I have been registered on phone arena for a couple months & post on here often. & in that time, haven't seen any women post on here. Your just trying to make excuses for being a douche bag

posted on 11 Mar 2012, 12:31 6

15. Whateverman (Posts: 3231; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Iami67- The article didn't say they were dating, it says she was married and the investigator implyed there was a relationship. It also says she reported the incident but nothing was done.

Ive worked in a few environments like this myself and generally people back off when they see your uncomfortable with that kind of situation. But it seems to me, and i could be wrong, but these younger generations have much less respect for others. And I've seens these younger guys unwilling to take no for an answer. So its hard to know what to believe when we dont have all the facts.

And what really bothers me is what I'm reading from the so-called men here! You dont know what this woman has been tbrough, if shes telling the truth, or if she's lying... yet without the slightest hesitation you guys immediately lable her a slut! If you dont feel a natural instinct to protect women from harm, your not real men at all! Thumb me down all you want, what i said is true!

posted on 11 Mar 2012, 07:12 4

4. paulyyd (Posts: 327; Member since: 08 Jan 2011)


She's a f**king slut

posted on 11 Mar 2012, 09:08 8

6. medicci37 (Posts: 713; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


Not every girl is like your mother. Sounds like you have mommy issue's. Lmao

posted on 11 Mar 2012, 08:30 6

5. tigermcm (Posts: 749; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)


yeah um in all honesty i dont take cases like this seriously when the person takes legal pursuit AFTER they quit. I can understand if you transfered to another store or went to another company but quitting and no job now we want to sue???

posted on 11 Mar 2012, 12:17 5

14. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


I totally agree. She isn't even smart. She should've voice/video recorded the "harassment". This litigation happy society is dispicable.

posted on 11 Mar 2012, 09:30 9

7. medicci37 (Posts: 713; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


I worked at a Verizon corporate store for almost 3yrs. & we had to deal with situations like this many times. It does happen quite often. & usually (for fear of retribution) not reported. Some of you losers spend to much time with your tronics, & don't know how 2 deal with women. If that was my sister, they would have wished I had sued after I stomped some sense into their bich azz :-)

posted on 11 Mar 2012, 10:05 5

9. iami67 (Posts: 318; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


I dont knwo what kind fo woman you people are around all the time but i hear woman talk about sex and other things just as much if not more then guys do. Most guys are afriad to talk like that around woman cause woman tend to get sue crazy over the subject. Why is it no guys ever sue about this hmmmm i wonder. So from what ive read the woman jokes around sexually which si ok the guy says something in return now she sues.

posted on 11 Mar 2012, 10:09 5

10. ibap (Posts: 710; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)


When someone has a job that they can't afford to quit immediately, they will put up with a lot. How many people do you know that hate/dislike their jobs, and stay until they find something else? (And yes, she's going to school, but maybe she was waiting until the financial aid details allowed her to.) No one should have to put up with this nonsense under any circumstances. Why should she have to change stores? And who says the new one would be any better? Of course they quit (once they can) and then sue.

posted on 11 Mar 2012, 11:59 3

12. codymws (Posts: 237; Member since: 17 Jun 2010)


So much for #1 in customer service now...

posted on 11 Mar 2012, 13:37 7

17. cellgeek82 (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)


Maybe that's why they're #1. Giving customers "Zohan service"!

posted on 11 Mar 2012, 14:19

18. parkwaydr (Posts: 572; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)


Haha, thanks man, I needed a good chuckle today!

posted on 11 Mar 2012, 14:36 3

19. remixfa (Posts: 14130; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


wow, you guys sure are jumping to conclusions.. on both sides. The truth is always somewhere closer to the middle. Garunteed she wasnt a 100% honest "virgin mary" the way Medicci is trying to make her out to be and she probably wasnt a big ol lazy slut like Terry is trying to make her sound like. The only people that know what happened are those employees. The only reason its on the site is because its a slow news weekend and it just happened to go on at a cell phone store.

posted on 11 Mar 2012, 14:46 3

20. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


True. But, I think we can all agree that that b1tch needs to get laid. xD

posted on 12 Mar 2012, 12:26

21. galaxyisking (Posts: 58; Member since: 18 Nov 2011)


haha!

posted on 12 Mar 2012, 13:50

22. Ghost86 (Posts: 2; Member since: 12 Mar 2012)


I work for one of the top 3 cell phone companys and on a daily basis we have customers come in and tell us when they purchase new devices that they would like to transfer everything on the old one. Every single time I'll say is there anything on here You dont want me to see or anything like that? most of the time customers will just say no everything is fine but theres a good chunk of people that have a good deal of nudity on there devices. We use devices called celebrites to transfer things. plug the phones up hit transfer, give the phone back ask them if they see everything that was on the old phone and keep it moving. My first week on the job i had someone give me a device with about 20 weiner pictures on it and since then i just dont bother. Yes there are times when we have attractive females come in, and there dumb enough to have pictures of themselves on there devices but ive never known anyone that passes the pictures around. its more of a you accidently see the picture and just keep it moving like nothing happend. its the nature of working in an industry were people put there lives on there device. were in the same ball park as people that work for geek squad and have to see an even larger amount of illicit stuff on peoples pc's

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