Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Ex-Denton prosecutor named one of America's worst bosses

A fired supervisor at the Denton County District Attorney's Office, Susan Piel, came in at number six on the list of America's Worst Bosses in 2012 after she allegedly denied promotions and contributed to a hostile work environment for an African American attorney who complained of racially bigoted remarks by Piel's husband, also an attorney in the office. Though the Denton DA at first defended the accused, the Piels and two others were eventually fired after a federal jury awarded just more than a half million dollars to the wronged employee. See Grits' earlier coverage of the episode which earned her this dishonor. According to eBoss Watch, which produced the rankings:
To date, the 2012 America’s Worst Bosses have cost their employers over $41 million in monetary damages and lawsuit settlement payments.  Of this amount, the 2012 worst bosses in the public sector have cost their respective taxpayers over $21 million.

The managers who made this year’s list of America’s Worst Bosses were named in workplace lawsuits filed by their employees and were accused of workplace harassment and/or sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and/or creating a hostile work environment.

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