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Cruise ship employee told to ‘get over it’ and ‘smile more’ by supervisors after co-worker sexual assault: lawsuit

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A former Royal Caribbean cruise liner employee is suing the company for mistreatment from supervisors after she was raped by a coworker aboard the Majesty of the Seas in late 2015.

According to the Miami New-Times, the woman (who was not named in the lawsuit due to the nature of her attack) was subjected to a brutal assault that lasted nearly an hour around Christmas 2015 that resulted in bite marks and bruises. She then reported her rape to the ship’s captain, security officer and doctor — all of whom reacted negatively.

According to the lawsuit, which was filed in the Miami-Dade Circuit Court, Jane Doe’s supervisor discouraged her from pressing charges, the ship doctor told her to “get over it” and she was forced back onto the job soon after.

Despite reporting the assault to Bahamian police the day after when the boat docked on the island, the woman, who was “traumatized and at her weakest,” followed her boss’ advice and did not press charges.

While being treated for the assault, Doe was forced to undergo daily examinations from the ship doctor, even after she reported his comments about “getting over” the assault to human resources. The suit claimed that the doctor’s “comments, interrogations, and daily examinations left [her] feeling humiliated and belittled.”

Although she “was not in a mental state to work” and would often burst into tears on the job, Doe was put back to work “almost immediately,” the New-Times‘ report noted. Nevertheless, she was criticized by supervisors for “not smiling as much as she did before” and performing poorly after the attack, and was fired soon after.

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“RCCL (Royal Caribbean Cruise Line) subjected Jane Doe to repeated and unnecessary interrogations in the presence of men for the dual purposes of trying to intimidate Jane Doe to dissuade her from taking legal action and to attempt to create inconsistencies in the facts which could be used against her by the company’s lawyers in the event that she chose to bring a legal action against RCCL,” the lawsuit claimed.

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Iran says new ‘mentally retarded’ Trump sanctions mean ‘permanent closure’ of diplomacy

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Iran said Tuesday that new US sanctions targeting its supreme leader meant a “permanent closure” of diplomacy, while the country’s president labelled the White House “mentally retarded” as tensions between Tehran and Washington escalated.

US President Donald Trump signed an executive order imposing the sanctions against Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Monday, taking a dramatic and unprecedented step to increase pressure on Iran after Tehran’s downing of an American drone last week.

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‘Dangerous linguistic power’: A historian explains how Trump weaponizes nicknames

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Is Donald Trump the modern day Earl Long?

A three-time Louisiana governor, Long mastered the art of political ridicule seven decades ago by weaponizing nicknames. The hilarious names Long pinned on his rivals, and the rollicking stories he told about them, riveted audiences bored by puffed-up rhetoric.

While Long’s stunts may be remembered as silly hijinks, there was a sly, often deadly serious, purpose to his technique. He used it to get voters to laugh at his foes and to put them on the defensive––a place politicians never want to be. Tucked within Long’s jests were razor-sharp attacks aimed at exploiting opposition weaknesses––hidden swords inside a pea-patch cloak.

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Walmart got a $2.2 billion tax cut — now it’s laying off workers

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Walmart announced it will lay off hundreds of workers in North Carolina despite receiving billions in tax cuts that the Republican Party and President Trump claimed would spur job growth.

The giant retailer will lay off about 570 employees and close its corporate office near the Charlotte airport, despite signing a 12-year lease just four years earlier, the Charlotte Business Journal reported.

The work done at the Charlotte facility will be outsourced to a firm in Arkansas, according to the report.

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