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    Harassed female workers at federal prison reach settlement

    Harassed female workers at federal prison reach settlement

    By: Associated Press
    February 13, 2017

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Female workers who say they were sexually harassed by prisoners at a massive federal prison complex in central Florida have reached a settlement with the Federal Bureau of Prisons that could amount to $20 million.

    An administrative judge on Friday signed off on the settlement involving workers at the Coleman Federal Correctional Complex, located northwest of Orlando.

    The female workers had alleged in a complaint filed in 2013 that male inmates had groped them, threatened them with sexual violence and masturbated in front of them.

    The complaint said the prisons bureau was aware of the harassment, yet had done little to prevent or minimize it.

    Under the terms of the settlement, prison staff will be required to identify inmates who are harassing female workers and those inmates could lose privileges.

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    Re: Harassed female workers at federal prison reach settlement

    I could be mistaken but I believe this became a class action and BOP wide.

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    Re: Harassed female workers at federal prison reach settlement

    Quote Originally Posted by meeko View Post
    I could be mistaken but I believe this became a class action and BOP wide.
    First I heard of it specifically being a case that went to court.

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    Re: Harassed female workers at federal prison reach settlement

    I retired from there previously during which the article states the events happened. Before I retired in 2011 the inmates knew that SHU was overcrowded and proceeded with the behavior described. Those that were placed in SHU would masterbate as soon as someone heard a female staff member on the range doing rounds regardless of which department was doing them. It didn't matter if it were health services, education, unit team or even the executive staff. So the question is how do you curb that behavior without going into abuse of power? One of the methods that was tried was the diesel therapy only to have the regional designator reject the request with a reason "manage at your facility."

    When that regional designator finally came to Coleman as a unit manager she walked the SHU range and it eventually happened, the inmates whipped it out and bam!! Gave her a sex show. During the SHU meeting with AW, Captain and all the Unit Managers she presented her request to have the inmates removed. Promptly the SHU Lt presented printouts of previous requests that were denied and her initials were attached to them.

    I believe that still goes on.
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    Re: Harassed female workers at federal prison reach settlement

    Quote Originally Posted by LDM View Post
    First I heard of it specifically being a case that went to court.
    I'm not sure if they got it as a class action as from reading it it sounds like just Coleman. They were trying though.

    Quote Originally Posted by qman0621 View Post
    I retired from there previously during which the article states the events happened. Before I retired in 2011 the inmates knew that SHU was overcrowded and proceeded with the behavior described. Those that were placed in SHU would masterbate as soon as someone heard a female staff member on the range doing rounds regardless of which department was doing them. It didn't matter if it were health services, education, unit team or even the executive staff. So the question is how do you curb that behavior without going into abuse of power? One of the methods that was tried was the diesel therapy only to have the regional designator reject the request with a reason "manage at your facility."

    When that regional designator finally came to Coleman as a unit manager she walked the SHU range and it eventually happened, the inmates whipped it out and bam!! Gave her a sex show. During the SHU meeting with AW, Captain and all the Unit Managers she presented her request to have the inmates removed. Promptly the SHU Lt presented printouts of previous requests that were denied and her initials were attached to them.

    I believe that still goes on.
    Typical Management. Wants to see the world differently from their God like perch. Then act surprised when they actually experience it.

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    Re: Harassed female workers at federal prison reach settlement

    Quote Originally Posted by meeko View Post
    I'm not sure if they got it as a class action as from reading it it sounds like just Coleman. They were trying though.



    Typical Management. Wants to see the world differently from their God like perch. Then act surprised when they actually experience it.
    Not taking managements side but whats the difference between this story and a person in the military suing the government because the enemy fired at them? As OPM states, it's the "Hazardous Nature" of the position as to why we get the pay and early retirement we get. Im not saying what happened was right but damn! Really? Exposing and blaming management for not doing their job does not excuse us from doing ours. Can management sue us the next time one of us refuses a mandate? Bang in every monday or friday? Lets be real folks! How many male officers working the female unit/institution (for those who weren't scared and trusted themselves) were "threatened" by female inmates? You see where this is going right? We are bargaining and litigating ourselves out of a job!

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    Not taking managements side but whats the difference between this story and a person in the military suing the government because the enemy fired at them? As OPM states, it's the "Hazardous Nature" of the position as to why we get the pay and early retirement we get. Im not saying what happened was right but damn! Really? Exposing and blaming management for not doing their job does not excuse us from doing ours. Can management sue us the next time one of us refuses a mandate? Bang in every monday or friday? Lets be real folks! How many male officers working the female unit/institution (for those who weren't scared and trusted themselves) were "threatened" by female inmates? You see where this is going right? We are bargaining and litigating ourselves out of a job!

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    Without meaning to come across as a a$$ if this surprises you you are new or gullible to the bureau. BOP is just as concerned about staff filing litigation as they are inmates. There have been tons of arbitrations and payouts over the years on a lot of stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by meeko View Post
    Without meaning to come across as a a$$ if this surprises you you are new or gullible to the bureau. BOP is just as concerned about staff filing litigation as they are inmates. There have been tons of arbitrations and payouts over the years on a lot of stuff.
    Meeko, I know you have some time in but look at my membership date on this forum. 6 years just on here. I have more time on the toilet seat then most in the bureau. You addressed absolutely nothing in your post as to what our job is, what we signed up for and what we get paid to do. "Litigation" is only a concern for the BOP because it costs money, not because they agree with staff or courts. POD and policy is what they believe in.

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    Re: Harassed female workers at federal prison reach settlement

    Quote Originally Posted by Da_Kuff_King View Post
    Meeko, I know you have some time in but look at my membership date on this forum. 6 years just on here. I have more time on the toilet seat then most in the bureau. You addressed absolutely nothing in your post as to what our job is, what we signed up for and what we get paid to do. "Litigation" is only a concern for the BOP because it costs money, not because they agree with staff or courts. POD and policy is what they believe in.

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    I said I wasn't trying to come out that way. My point is BOP has paid millions out on much less serious arbitrations and such. One example is portal to portal grievance. I have been paid over $30,000 the last 17 years and now certian posts make 15min of Portal OT a day just to walk to work. I didn't file the union did ND every custody staff member got paid. I will take their mo EY but tell me what other employer will pay you to walk to your job?

    The problem with this particular case from Coleman is when the admin doesn't address staff concerns. And whether the parties involved at Coleman were somebody's wife, mom or daughter and the inmates should have been delt with as much as administrative possible.

    While there are a percentage of staff that are snowflakes and can't handle much most realize what they are getting into. What they don't realize is how much non backing g they get a lot of the times. One example is the complete catastrophic way inmates are getting IR's thrown out at the DHO level.

    So where is the progressive discipline and deterrent to future inappropriate behavior.

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    Quote Originally Posted by meeko View Post
    I said I wasn't trying to come out that way. My point is BOP has paid millions out on much less serious arbitrations and such. One example is portal to portal grievance. I have been paid over $30,000 the last 17 years and now certian posts make 15min of Portal OT a day just to walk to work. I didn't file the union did ND every custody staff member got paid. I will take their mo EY but tell me what other employer will pay you to walk to your job?

    The problem with this particular case from Coleman is when the admin doesn't address staff concerns. And whether the parties involved at Coleman were somebody's wife, mom or daughter and the inmates should have been delt with as much as administrative possible.

    While there are a percentage of staff that are snowflakes and can't handle much most realize what they are getting into. What they don't realize is how much non backing g they get a lot of the times. One example is the complete catastrophic way inmates are getting IR's thrown out at the DHO level.

    So where is the progressive discipline and deterrent to future inappropriate behavior.
    With all do respect meeko, when in front of a judge, "management not addressing staff concerns" is NOT going tobexempt me from what the tax payer pays me to do.

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