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BetterWorks and CEO Sued By Ex-employee For Alleged Sexually Suggestive Assault (techcrunch.com) 79

From a report: Beatrice Kim is suing her former employer, BetterWorks, and its CEO Kris Duggan for allegedly assaulting her in a sexual manner during a company retreat. The lawsuit also implicates the performance management software startup's regional VP Matt Hart and VP of People Operations Tamara Cooksey for allowing sexual harassment in the workplace and not taking action against Duggan after the alleged assault was reported to the company. Kim is suing over sexual harassment and discrimination, assault and battery, demanding a jury trial, Kim's lawyer Conor D. Mack of Arena Hoffman LLP told TechCrunch.

BetterWorks and CEO Sued By Ex-employee For Alleged Sexually Suggestive Assault

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  • assaulting her in a sexual manner during a company retreat

    Was it a sexual assault?..

    Kim is suing over sexual harassment and discrimination, assault and battery

    Ok, so it was — or is alleged to have been — a sexual assault. Why would anyone call it sexually suggestive instead?

    • Why does local TV news tend to do in-depth expose's of the prostitution industry during May sweeps?

    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by Gavagai80 ( 1275204 )

      It's basically a troll headline/summary: lead with the stuff about sexually suggestive talk in the workplace, note the existence of a sexual assault lawsuit, and rely on "MRA" types with short attention spans leaping to the conclusion that the CEO has been sued for sexually assaulting someone with words. Then quietly bury the graphic details of a sexual assault at the bottom of the article, which nobody gets to because they're too busy posting their outrage at feminazis.

      Then sit back and enjoy the ad revenu

      • grabbing her leg is sexual assault because the leg bone is connected to the hip bone, and the hip bone is connected to the vagina bone...so "graphic" in the imaginary sense. Inviting non-relative females to sleepover events is what is really obscene, approximately 100% of humans who ever lived would think so, but of course nowadays it's illegal discrimination no to
        • by Notabadguy ( 961343 ) on Saturday July 15, 2017 @11:24AM (#54814067)

          If you RTFA, he didn't grab her leg. He came into her cabin during a company retreat while dead drunk, grabbed her legs and put them up in the air, then started grinding on her while she was on her back while she's begging him to stop. Eventually a co-worker came and rescued her, at which point she hides and sobs until she gets escorted away.

          Then the CEO issues a company wide apology letter for his misbehavior while drunk during the retreat and hires a third party investigator, who determines that no wrong-doing took place.

      • by Anonymous Coward

        The sexual harassment in the workplace is important for the lawsuit. This woman is suing her former employer, BetterWorks, for allowing the CEO to continue after they had been informed of his problem. If Duggan's sexual assault against this woman had been the first time he had done something sexually inappropriate, then BetterWorks would not have had borne any responsibility.

    • Ok, so it was â" or is alleged to have been â" a sexual assault. Why would anyone call it sexually suggestive instead?

      Don't worry, it's just a clickbait headline designed to troll you.

    • by dbIII ( 701233 )
      It's like how when prominent figures liked by the press are charged with fucking kiddies in the past so it gets reported as "historical crimes" instead of decades of kiddie fucking.
      In this case "sexually suggestive" is a way to skew it so that it doesn't sound so bad when a person is caught touching boobs of a woman who doesn't want him to touch them (all those chest bumps).


      The answer as always is to keep work and leisure separate, act professionally and don't have fucking stupid "retreats", "teambuilding
  • Pics? (Score:1, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward

    Pics please. Is she hot?

  • What does this have to do with "news for nerds, stuff that matters"? There is sexual assault in Hollywood, the military, the music industry, and even the White House.
    • by dbIII ( 701233 )
      It kind of matters if you work in a startup like that. The fallout from a guy acting up like that can hit everyone.
      If these folks running startups get reminders that they shouldn't be fucking at work then it's more chance for people to be employed on their merits instead of being "hot". There's always people here whining that women are taking their jobs and strangely they are the same ones that would be happier if things like this went unreported - counterproductive.
      • If these folks running startups get reminders that they shouldn't be fucking at work then it's more chance for people to be employed on their merits instead of being "hot".

        That's your prediction of what's going to happen. I think that's the least likely outcome.

        There's always people here whining that women are taking their jobs

        So all tech nerds need to be hit over the head repeatedly with the misdeeds of a small minority?

        • by dbIII ( 701233 )

          So all tech nerds need to be hit over the head repeatedly with the misdeeds of a small minority?

          Where is the hit on the head and where is it being repeated?
          The alleged perpetrator is a CEO of a large startup and probably not a "tech nerd" at all let alone someone who can be assumed to be representative of us all.

          This is no more an attack on "tech nerds" than the TV series "The Office" where the boss behaves badly.

      • Link to the whining? I've seen butloads of whining about foreigners 'taking our jerbs', but women?

        Competent women in tech are about as common as tits on a boar. The bitching would be about carrying the incompetent ones.

        • by dbIII ( 701233 )

          Link to the whining?

          Any of the long string of "Friday night fight" articles about women in IT that cropped up here once a week like clockwork until a few months back when the site editors appear to have decided Trump articles were better clickbait (not that I disagree). The whining posts tended to get modded up and down like yoyos.

    • Because it happened at a Bay Area startup, and there is an ongoing narrative about how tech startups are especially bad about sexual harassment. Whether that narrative is true or not, that's why this is "news for nerds". Tech Crunch also thought so.
      • Whether that narrative is true or not, that's why this is "news for nerds".

        Trying to demonstrate that "tech startups are especially bad about sexual harassment" by giving anecdotes is fundamentally dishonest, even more so by giving anecdotes based on the claims of someone in a civil lawsuit.

        • You assume that the intent of posting the story was "to demonstrate ...". Not sure I grant that. The narrative is a thing. This relates to the narrative. Ergo its news.
          • Moreover: because many Slashdot posters dispute the narrative, lawsuits like this are of interest to them. From their perspective the suit represents feminism and/or political correctness run amok. So, to them, stories like this are "newsworthy" for that reason. They "care" when, from their perspective, an aggrieved SJW tries to ruin the career of a successful Tech CEO by filing a frivolous sexual harassment suit.
          • The narrative is a thing.

            If I want to read the Journal of Critical Theory, I'll subscribe to it. Such spurious reasoning has no place on a site catering to rational people.

            • Examples of irrationality in the world at large are of interest to rational people when said irrationality might potentially impact their wellbeing and livelihoods. For instance, if a sizeable movement arose in American society to incarcerate programmers because computers are the work of Satan, that would be 100% irrational and stupid yet still imminently newsworthy to a rational computer programmer.

              In this case, to the extent you think the narrative is false and this law suit is entirely without merit,

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