Trial date set in Ex-JFS worker's law suit

Nicki Baker will have her day in court. July 15, 2008 is the day that the former employee of the county welfare agency will face off against the department, its former and current top administrators, and county commissioners, whom she is suing.
Cary Ashby
Jul 25, 2010

 

Nicki Baker will have her day in court.

July 15, 2008 is the day that the former employee of the county welfare agency will face off against the department, its former and current top administrators, and county commissioners, whom she is suing.

Nichole “Nicki” Baker was fired Aug. 14. She is now accusing the Huron County Department of Job and Family Services (HCDJFS) of sexual discrimination, creating a hostile work environment, negligent supervision, defamation and inflicting emotional distress. Last week, Visiting Common Pleas Judge Judith Cross scheduled the jury trial.

However, Cross wrote in court documents that she expects Baker's attorney to demand a financial settlement at a June 23, 2008 pretrial conference.

HCDJFS hired Baker on Jan. 12, 2004 as a file clerk. She was an agency screener starting March 7, 2005. Baker was responsible for initial contacts with a complainant and gathering information from the person before turning it over to a case worker.

Beginning in October 2004, Baker applied for five “lateral transfers and/or promotional opportunities” and was rejected each time. Marilyn Widman, Baker’s attorney, wrote that former HCDJFS Director Erich Dumbeck approved “the final selected candidates.”

Baker, in the lawsuit, accuses Dumbeck of telephone harassment and making “unwelcome physical contact … beginning within two months of (Baker) starting work and continuing until at least January 2007.” Dumbeck, the social services supervisor when Baker was hired, is further accused of making an “unwelcome advance toward” Baker at a Norwalk bar March 17, 2004.

Last month, HCDJFS fired Baker, based on allegations she harassed a client, used profanity repeatedly with the same woman and accessed pornography using the agency computer. The lawsuit, filed April 17, indicates the client is an estranged relative of Baker’s by marriage.

She filed a complaint Aug. 15 with the Huron County Sheriff's Office, accusing someone of tampering with her work computer in connection with the pornography allegations. Detective Sgt. Dane Howard was assigned the case.

“But there was no investigation conducted at the time,” Howard said Wednesday, because his supervisors told him “it was an employee relation problem, not a criminal one.”

Both Huron County Commissioner Mike Adelman  and HCDJFS Interim Director Lowell Etzler also declined to comment on Baker's lawsuit.

Comments

Re lets see (An...

No you are not a tool by association, you are the IDIOT. Get a life.

GOT THE LIFE......

and it is gooooooooooooooooooooood. thanks anyway!!

Local news (Ano...

Back to the local news Nicki Baker is at it again. Tune in tomorrow to find out who she screws over next.

What? (Anonymous)

What's a tool?

Re: what? (Anon...

lololololololol!

swiss family......

i guess i will go back to my "tool box" until i need to comment again lolololololol0 ) :-)

TOOL BOX! (Anon...

LOL! LOL! LOL!

Pain in the Gas...

I see no one commenting on Nikki today. Have we lost interest? And to you swiss family...you don't need to comment again, you waste too much space on here. Go away.

swiss family......

to "pain" hey if you can't swim with the sharks , go back to the baby pool

Pain in the Gas...

At least I have better typing skills than you. And a better attitude towards life, obviously.

Pain in the Gas...

Nice come back, by the way. How long did it take you to come up with that? You're soooo witty!

swiss family......

thank you "pain in the gas" it really didn;t take long at all,but thanks for the compliment

Hey swiss famil...

don't you pee in the baby poopl still???

ged (Anonymous)

I hope that Ms. Baker doesn't get anything from the county.Ifeel that she used every available opportunity,to her full advantage for advancement,including a relationship with her married boss, and just because her plan didn't work out the way she had planned it to, ifeel that thats just the way that it goes!sorry about your luck,Nicki,but you took a gamble,you chose a certain path , and you lost , so hang your head and admit defeat , and try to maintain some dignity and walk away

Pain in the Gas...

ged...I'm on to you. Even though you did try to change your typing habits, I'm still on to you.

swiss family......

I can't believe that this woman has the nerve to sue anyone!! she is the one who had poor work ethics and created a hostile work envirnment, with her flirting with the married boss!! she's just upset because the boss finally came to his senses , whether he did that on his own , or was forced to , i'm not sure , but she should be hanging her head in shame , and walking away with her tail between her legs , but if she want's to make it a public forum , with a trial , I hope that all of the facts are laid out on the table, no matter how much they incriminate her !!

tired of swiss ...

same thing you wrote under 'ged'. Tool.

re swiss family...

I agree what a waste of tax payers money. I feel sorry for the tax payers in this. We all lose, this is already costing us just because someone wanted to move up the ladder by doing the boss. And for the person who always has stupid comments. If you can't bring something important to say to the table, please go to you teenie booper chat room grown ups are having a conversation here, pain in the gas and who ever you are.

LMFAO (Anonymous)

Hi all, I'd like to say that the past and present forums concerning this lawsuit have been some of the most entertaining $h!t I have ever read, AND, the most disturbing at the same time. All this forum proves is that there are a few hags working for HCJFS that are venting there dislike for Ms. Baker in here. You're all proving to this community how immature and nasty mean you people really are. Why don't YOU all go back to work and quit wasting our taxpayers money!? Whether you like it or not, Ms. Baker will probably be going to trial based on what I know of this situation. The courts will decide the fate of this lawsuit, and, in my opinion, Ms. Baker will win and deserves whatever she can get because HCJFS is a joke of a "government" organization that needs to be set straight by paying for their mistakes.

Re: LMFAO (Anon...

Just to let you know, most comments on here are posted by swiss family, they just a different name everytime to try to 'fool' us...very entertaining indeed. It's like watching a train wreck...disturbing, yet I can't seem to look away.

RE: re swiss fa...

"poopyhead"

re swiss family...

It is either a very immature adult or a child on a computer without adult supervision. I choose to ingnore the child.

RE: re swiss fa...

I thought you were going to ignore the 'child.' Looks like you couldn't to me! Poopyhead!

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swiss family......

to "re LMFAO" i am sorry that you have your facts wrong, but "most of the comments on here come from swiss family to try to fool us" is not correct there are alot of other people in here that feel as i do , and when they show their support of the way that i feel , you automatically think that it is me . sometimes, others do agree with me, and they should be able to voice their support without your judgement

no swiss, it's ...

I told you before, you can't fool mom and you can't fool me.

Hey Swiss (Anon...

Get your facts straight!!!! I didn't write what you cliam I wrote, that was a reply. Dumb@$$! Now get to work and quit wastin our money!!!!

Oh! Can't belie...

swiss family wrote..."and they should be able to voice their support without your judgement " What about YOU? YOU are so quick to judge and call people out by name (i.e. The Brants, Castles, Dorothy...need I go on?)how can you sit there and say that?? Such a hypocrite. And a loser.

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