left corner of her lip, and the middle of her left cheekbone.
51. Between January and May, 1989, Dr. Bickshorn tried various medications to relieve the pain caused by Ms. Cline's tic douloureux, but without success.
52. In June, 1989, Ms. Cline began treatment at the Loyola Medical Practice Plan with Dr. Owen Reichman. By starting at a low dose of Tegretol and gradually increasing the dosage over the period of about a year, Ms. Cline and Dr. Reichman were able to eventually eliminate both the pain from tic douloureux and the side effects from the Tegretol.
5. Ms. Cline's Medical Leave
53. Ms. Cline had not returned or attempted to return to work at GECAL during the time she was receiving treatment for TMJ and tic douloureux.
54. In May, 1990 she began to work part-time for her husband's vacuum cleaner repair business. She also started her own floral arrangement business. Her income from these endeavors is about equal to the salary she was earning when she left GECAL on medical leave.
55. Between June and December, 1988, Ms. Cline was on "short-term disability leave".
56. Under the terms of the "short-term disability leave" policy, Ms. Cline received 60% of her salary for the first twenty-six weeks of her leave of absence. The policy also required her to report her health status to GECAL once a week.
57. For the first few weeks of her leave, Ms. Cline reported directly to Mr. Burd. During this time, he continued to call her "Syphilis".
58. Ms. Cline next reported to Ms. Sabounghi through October, 1988, when Ms. Sabounghi left GECAL. Mr. Burd would still occasionally talk with Ms. Cline after she spoke with Ms. Sabounghi. He continued to occasionally call her "Syphilis".
59. Between October, 1988 and December, 1988, Mr. Burd again became Ms. Cline's direct contact regarding her health status. During these conversations he continued to call her "Syphilis" and yelled at her about whether or why she left telephone messages.
6. GECAL Policies and Knowledge of Mr. Burd's Behavior
60. Since sometime before Ms. Cline began working for GECAL, the company had in effect a written "open-door" policy allowing employees to consult upper levels of management or Employee Relations if they have concerns regarding working conditions, pay, benefits, job performance, or how they are being managed. Ms. Cline was aware of this policy.
61. Some employees used the policy to complain about working conditions and about their managers.
62. Since March, 1988, the Company has had in effect a written policy against sexual harassment. The policy statement explicitly prohibits sexual harassment and instructs employees to report any incidents of sexual harassment to upper levels of management or to Human Resources. Ms. Cline never received notice of this policy.
63. Finally, GECAL had in effect a program called "Skip Level Meetings". The program provided for regular annual meetings between employees at the same grade level and a manager one or more levels above the employees' immediate manager. The manager chairing the meeting selects the employees who will attend. Ms. Cline was never invited to a "Skip Level Meeting".
64. Mr. Rick Weissner was Jerry Burd's immediate supervisor. His office was located in close proximity to Mr. Burd's department. He could not have been unaware of at least some of Mr. Burd's behavior. He certainly heard Mr. Burd yell at his employees, and there was evidence that he saw some of the physical abuse Mr. Burd leveled against the women in the department.
65. Since at least 1986, GECAL's Human Resources Department received several complaints from male and female employees about Mr. Burd's treatment of the employees he supervised.
66. A February, 1986 internal GECAL report expressed concerns about Mr. Burd's management of the Collection Unit. It called for a "high priority" investigation to begin "as soon as possible".
67. In December, 1988 Marcia Knorr, one of the employees Mr. Burd supervised, sent a written complaint to President James Giacomini. It noted, among other things, that Mr. Burd called Ms. Cline "Syphilis". Ms. Knorr also stated that "I am not certain I can call him totally misogynistic, but I never saw, never heard, . . . of more than one or two of his diatribes being directed toward the males in the department." Mr. Giacomini directed Human Resources to conduct an investigation, which it did. Mr. Burd admitted that he called Ms. Cline "Syphilis", but said he meant it as a joke.
68. A December 20, 1988 interoffice memo (Plaintiff's Exhibit 2) commenting on Ms. Knorr's complaint suggested that despite the history of complaints about Mr. Burd's "management style", we should consider giving Jerry another Management Award in January, 1989 for the excellent results produced in 1988." The memo went on to note that:
Few people are able to maintain the level of intensity needed in collections as well as Jerry. This intensity probably is worth at least 100 fewer repossessions each year. In these terms, he is at least worth $ 500,000 each year to GECAL.
69. An interoffice memo documenting the Marcia Knorr situation, dated January 18, 1989 (Plaintiff's Exhibit 3) notes:
We have somewhat of a "history" of formal/informal complaints surrounding Jerry's management style and treatment of subordinates and colleagues. . . . We simply don't get such complaints about other managers. While Jerry has clearly benefitted GECAL via his superior technical knowledge and quantitative results for many years, his often stormy relationships with others have been an ongoing exposure for us. He does criticize others in "public" settings, turns non-controversial discussions into arguments, generates defensiveness/ill-will unnecessarily, and displays volatility/over-emotionalism.