"Duck Taco" Lawsuit


"Duck Taco" Lawsuit
Deputy endured forced motorboating, suit says

By Richard Connelly

A former deputy to Galveston County Constable Pam Matranga has sued her, claiming she sexually harassed him by, among other things, pulling his head under her shirt and into her cleavage.

Forced motorboating!! Other allegations involve farts and some of the worst euphemisms for female genitalia we've heard.

Matranga says the former deputy, James Gist, is retaliating over losing his job and being investigated for bugging the constable offices. He says he did it to record the harassment. Matranga also says Gist asked her to improperly change a government document in his favor.

"An EX-employee has filed a complaint (now Law suit) with the EEOC...because I would not change a legal document in his favor," she said on her Facebook page.

She says she cannot address specific allegations in the suit, although she told the Galveston County Daily News, "I'm a jester, I am not a girlie girl...I think a lot of things have been taken out of context."

She also notes that the lawsuit was filed just days before the primary, where she faces a rare re-election challenge.

Among the allegations (and remember, they are only allegations):

5. Matranga "began joking with plaintiff about attending 'chunky chick night' at strip clubs in the area where [she] would have the opportunity to perform. Defendant Matranga proceeded to lift one leg over the arm of plaintiff's chair and began making gyrating motions with her hips, while placing her hands at the top of plaintiff's chair, mimicking how a topless dancer would perform a lap dance at a strip club."

4. She "walked into plaintiff's office and stated, 'I spilled some Coke on my canooki.' As [she] made circular motions around her vaginal area, [she ] asked plaintiff with [another deputy] if either of them 'wanted to have some of it?'"

3. Gist said he was sitting near Matranga at her desk when he dropped his pen and bent down to pick it up. "When he did so, defendant Matranga said, 'While you're down there, why don't you help yourself to some 'duck taco'?"

2. When she allowed Gist to work an extra job, she said she should get something in return. She "then parted her legs, made a puckered-lips facial expression with raised eyebrows and used her hands to begin rubbing her inner thighs near her vagina."

1. And..."Defendant Matranga, while standing in the doorway of her office, deliberately farted and looked at plaintiff while rubbing the clothing area covering her vagina and stated, 'Why can't I get a man?'"

Gist is suing for unspecified monetary damages.


Is TDCJ Firing People for Their Facebook Friends?

By Craig Malisow

Some employees of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice are accusing wardens of disciplining, and in some cases firing, them for having Facebook friends with criminal records.

Duane Stuart, who runs a private TDCJ employee forum, thebackgate.org, tells Hair Balls that wardens regularly inspect employees' profiles, asking employees for their passwords if their profiles are set to private.

Stuart and Lance Lowry, a representative of the employees' union, believe TDCJ is using Facebook to intimidate employees who have been critical of it in the past.

In an e-mail to Senator John Whitmire, chair of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee, Lowry accuses TDCJ officials of censoring "employee organizing activities" and "prohibiting them from networking with one another on Facebook" and other social media.

"The agency has terminated several employees for Facebook activities, under the [excuse] they are jeopardizing the security of the institution," Lowry claims in the e-mail.

Department spokesman Jason Clark told Hair Balls that officials are not asking for passwords, and are not even asking employees to disclose any online friendships with former offenders or parolees.

"I'm not certain where that's coming from..." he tells Hair Balls. He did say that officials have asked employees to be more selective in choosing Facebook friends.

"Sometimes those relationships, whether they be on purpose or inadvertently, can jeopardize — or has the potential to jeopardize — the security of the agency, or compromise the effectiveness of the employee," he says.

But Stuart tells Hair Balls in an e-mail that he witnessed a warden monitor an employee's Facebook profile, "looking for information on possible violations." He claims that wardens "browse the open accounts looking at pictures, an employee's friends list or any indication of the employee doing drugs, etc., or being involved in criminal acts. If they cannot get in due to you having your account password protected, they will ask you for it. If you waver on handing it over and they feel you are hiding something, they will then demand it."

Failure to comply will result in disciplinary actions, Stuart claims.

He says employees are also being disciplined for having Facebook friends with criminal records they weren't even aware of.

"We see upwards of 25-30 of these e-mails on a daily basis," he writes.

He claims this also includes friends of friends, explaining that one employee's wife (who was on his friends list) had a friend who was once incarcerated in TDCJ. (In that case, Stuart claims, the employee only received a scolding.)

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Duck taco: I don't believe in he say or she say but being a male & a rape victim I'm going to have to read lawsuits before I say!!!!

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