The (Alleged) Dick-Measuring Lawsuit Ends With A Whimper
It was a case that ended as strangely as it began.
In April, Hair Balls told you about a lawsuit filed in Houston federal court aimed at Glacial Energy Holdings alleging that its CEO in 2007, Gary Mole, dropped trou at a work dinner, tried to force his way into the room of Amparo Gasca, who was supposedly the Chief Operating Officer, and then stole her cell phone to make sexual prank calls. The lawsuit against the company claimed that Mole created a hostile work environment forcing Gasca to quit.
Glacial Energy Holdings attorney Adam Gusman recently called us to say the case has been dismissed and to complain about the original story. However, when given the chance to comment, Gusman declined, stating that it was not in his clients' best interests to bring any additional attention to the lawsuit or its allegations.
Nevertheless, here's what we can glean by looking at several court documents, one of which Gusman emailed to us.
Several months ago, Glacial Energy asked the court to dismiss the case. In a brief, Glacial Energy attorneys called Gasca's lawsuit "a meandering of unsubstantiated allegations ... which on their face do not amount to sexual harassment or discrimination."
One other tiny wrinkle: Gasca never actually worked for Glacial Energy. At least according to the sworn affidavit of Charles Kaplan, Glacial Energy's own outside counsel. "Amparo Gasca was not an employee of Glacial Energy Holdings at any time," he states.
We guess it must be tough to bring a hostile work environment lawsuit against a company you never worked for, because less than a month later both sides agreed to dismiss the case.
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