So I read today that Cindy Stankoski and Vanessa Stout turned down a 200K settlement in their harassment lawsuit against the AG’s office. Their lawyer thinks they deserve something closer to a million dollars.

I spent the day trying to come up with a reasoned and balanced response to this information but I’m having a really hard time. My brain tells me Cindy and Vanessa are two victims who totally deserve the maximum settlement they can negotiate – but my gut tells me Stankoski and Stout are a couple of undereducated, overly-lawyered bimbos trying to defraud Ohio’s taxpayers.

On the one hand they do have an obvious sexual harassment claim. And sexual harassment is a serious crime that should never be tolerated. The people who committed this crime, and let me be clear here: it IS a crime, should be punished. Dann, Jennings and Gutierrez should suffer for being complete sexist assholes. And they should be held personally (read: financially) responsible for their actions.

On the other hand, I’m having a really hard time feeling bad for either of these women.

It’s one thing to file a lawsuit because you are being treated unfairly at work. But it really is a whole different thing to pose for the cover of Columbus Monthly Magazine in a skin-tight body suit after you’ve been made famous for getting your boss fired.

Cindy and Vanessa never should have been hired to begin with. And both should have been fired at the same time as the rest of Marc Dann’s unqualified and overpaid friends.

Having them on the state payroll is a waste of taxpayer dollars given that neither of these women is qualified for a job with the AG’s office. Hell, they aren’t even qualified for a job with KFC. With an 11th grade education and multiple drug arrests, you aren’t going to find a lot of employers returning your phone calls.

This doesn’t mean they don’t have a valid sexual harassment claim that needs to be resolved. Certainly they do. But it isn’t your typical claim.

There is no way these women can claim any actual damages in a lawsuit. They have no lost wages, etc. resulting from this harassment claim. The most they can hope for is punitive damages. Which isn’t something their lawyer – or any lawyer – really wants to pursue at trial unless they really, really have to.

Cindy and Vanessa need to settle.

The AG’s office needs to settle.

So why the hell is this still going on?

Listen up ladies: tell your lawyer to fuck off and accept the settlement with the AG’s office. You don’t need his approval.

Or at the very least present them with a counter offer. Something reasonable. e.g. 200K plus a year’s salary and medical benefits so you have time to find another job.

Then hire someone else to sue Dann, et al directly.

  • jeremiah

    That’s what I can’t understand is why are my tax dollars paying these girls. I think the wages of Dann and Guiterriez should be garnished for a decade. And take the damn thing to trial – whatever happened to personal responsibility??

    I also happen to know Cindy is a long-time skank who has been in similar situations since that 11th grade education ended. She finally hit the bigtime – in so many ways.

  • I don’t disagree with you that after seeing the cover of the magazine, my thoughts changed a bit on this one. It’s one thing to really be a victim, it’s another to pose on a cover…

    It’d be interesting to know if they were paid to do the cover and if so, how much.

  • Heather

    Couldn’t have said it better myself… and it’s unfortunate behavior because there are very legit cases of harassment on both men and women; this just makes a public mockery of it.

  • Nifty Lawrence

    How much of the $200K would go towards their attorney fees?

    How much of it would be swallowed up by taxes (including their being bumped up to a higher tax bracket for the year)?

  • The longer they wait, the more attorney fees they will be racking up.

  • Marcy

    I don’t like to see anyone sexually harrassed – men or women but I still don’t understand how a “neighbor” (Vanessa Stout) that has no high school diploma, DUI charges and a record for retail theft can get a job like this? Aaah does she want us to really think they felt sorry for her, without any other thoughts going on in the back of their
    minds. You scatch my back and I will scratch yours???

  • eric

    I’m still shaking my head over the irony of their being named “persons of the year”. Couple that with the laughable cover and I’m wondering if this was a cynical commentary on the part of Columbus Monthly. After reading the article, I’m almost convinced of that. However, I don’t believe this was the case. That may be the last of the few Columbus Monthly magazines I every buy.

  • I pretty much agree.

  • Sara Miller

    What you don’t realize is…. if these girls didn’t come forward and step up againest the “The Top Cop” of the State of Ohio, the taxpayers would be paying for the pleasures of his family and friends till 2010. And not to mention if for some reason he would get re-elected for another 4 years!!! I suggest if you don’t know the whole story, don’t put your two cents in.

  • J-Dog

    Perhaps these chick-babes could go work for Sarah Palin. Their babbling would appear to complement her quite well, given Sara’s recent grand pronouncements of her greatness!

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