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Mother_Marjorie
Dec 23rd, 2006, 04:42 AM
Lesbian fire chief demoted in harassment settlement
POSTED: 4:05 p.m. EST, December 22, 2006

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota (AP) -- The nation's first openly lesbian big-city fire chief was demoted without severance pay Friday amid allegations of discrimination and sexual harassment.

City officials approved the deal that stopped short of firing Bonnie Bleskachek to avoid further costly court action, Mayor R.T. Rybak said. The City Council voted 8-5 to approve the deal.

"She will be completely and permanently stripped of ever holding leadership or management in the city," the mayor said. "She has been severely and significantly demoted, and her pay will be cut by $40,000."
Bleskachek, 43, has denied wrongdoing, but the mayor said she will not contest the demotion.

Bleskachek's attorney, Jerry Burg, said his client was relieved. "I'm sure she's thrilled to have a door closed on all of this," Burg said.

Hailed as a trailblazer when she was promoted to the top job two years ago, Bleskachek's tenure was troubled. Four firefighters -- three women and a man -- sued, alleging various acts of discrimination and sexual harassment.

This summer, an investigation by the city's Department of Civil Rights found it likely that the department gave preferential treatment to lesbians or those who socialized with them.

The city has spent more than $410,000 on the investigation, legal settlements and compensation for Bleskachek since she went on paid leave March 22.

Lord Nelson
Dec 23rd, 2006, 01:04 PM
Who said that she was demoted because she was a lesobian and a woman? Maybe she was demoted because she did not do her job properly. Many people use minority status as a means to say that action taken against them was wrong. Maybe it was a case of discrimination but maybe it was not.

Sam L
Dec 23rd, 2006, 01:20 PM
Is she black and angry too? :o

mykarma
Dec 23rd, 2006, 05:10 PM
Who said that she was demoted because she was a lesobian and a woman? Maybe she was demoted because she did not do her job properly. Many people use minority status as a means to say that action taken against them was wrong. Maybe it was a case of discrimination but maybe it was not.
:confused: Where in the article did it was she was demoted because she was a lesbian? :tape:

mykarma
Dec 23rd, 2006, 05:11 PM
Is she black and angry too? :o
No, she's probably jewish and angry. :o

yukon145
Dec 23rd, 2006, 06:16 PM
Who said that she was demoted because she was a lesobian and a woman? Maybe she was demoted because she did not do her job properly. Many people use minority status as a means to say that action taken against them was wrong. Maybe it was a case of discrimination but maybe it was not.

i agree, people just add titles to things to make them seem more dramtic.

shes not black, shes white. im from minnesota and the first time i saw her on TV i thought she was a man.

trivfun
Dec 25th, 2006, 09:43 PM
i agree, people just add titles to things to make them seem more dramtic.

shes not black, shes white. im from minnesota and the first time i saw her on TV i thought she was a man.

Is she Jewish?

canoe.
Dec 25th, 2006, 09:50 PM
i agree, people just add titles to things to make them seem more dramtic.

shes not black, shes white. im from minnesota and the first time i saw her on TV i thought she was a man.
Yeah she screams tranny. Definitely not a L Word lesbian...more KD Lang's ugly sister. :lol:

http://www.pinknews.co.uk/images/bleskachek.jpg

fufuqifuqishahah
Dec 25th, 2006, 10:56 PM
This summer, an investigation by the city's Department of Civil Rights found it likely that the department gave preferential treatment to lesbians or those who socialized with them.



am i the only one reading the article??

griffin
Dec 26th, 2006, 12:56 AM
am i the only one reading the article??

There's an article?

;)

timafi
Dec 26th, 2006, 05:04 AM
damn is that her?:eek: :eek: :eek: :tape: :tape: :tape: :help: :help:

gentenaire
Dec 26th, 2006, 09:40 AM
Is she black and angry too? :o


:lol: :o

"Sluggy"
Dec 26th, 2006, 10:25 AM
Well Im happy to see bad people get busted, get lost loser

Mother_Marjorie
Dec 26th, 2006, 10:57 AM
damn is that her?:eek: :eek: :eek: :tape: :tape: :tape: :help: :help:
Yeah, that's her, in all her glory.

http://media.collegepublisher.com/media/paper231/stills/5p892dr7.jpg

Kart
Dec 26th, 2006, 11:27 AM
She looks just like a transexual I used to work with.

On topic, if she's taking a pay cut of $40,000 it makes me wonder what her salary was to begin with.

trivfun
Dec 26th, 2006, 02:34 PM
Well Im happy to see bad people get busted, get lost loser

What is the difference bad people and good people?

griffin
Dec 26th, 2006, 03:19 PM
On topic, if she's taking a pay cut of $40,000 it makes me wonder what her salary was to begin with.

Makes me think she knew she was in deep trouble and wanted to escape with her pension.

Kart
Dec 26th, 2006, 04:38 PM
Makes me think she knew she was in deep trouble and wanted to escape with her pension.

Good point - it also nicely offers added weight to explaining why she's not contesting her demotion.

meyerpl
Dec 27th, 2006, 06:00 PM
How do you suppose the police and fire commission should deal with a chief who promoted subordinate employees who fucked him while passing over others who didn't? Do you think it would be different if it were a man?

Hannah-Louise
Dec 27th, 2006, 06:52 PM
definately not the good looking lesbian i was looking for! dirty cow!

esquímaux
Dec 28th, 2006, 03:39 AM
Yeah, that's her, in all her glory.

http://media.collegepublisher.com/media/paper231/stills/5p892dr7.jpg:spit: *death* @ "glory" :lol:

http://images.publicradio.org/content/2006/06/12/20060612_bleskachek_2.jpg

Muy predlez, no?