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Angelo Fata (far right) fights Chicago with Attorney Frank Avila Jr. Harrassment Sustained

Angelo Fata and Friends.jpg Angelo Fata has his cup overflowing with the City of Chicago and Teamsters Local 726 disputes. First Angelo and a group of very talented friends attempted to replace the current leadership at Teamsters Local 726. A major investigation is in progress and the vote results are now disputed in federal court. A fellow Chicago employee allegedly sexually assaulted Angelo. This action was sustained to be a violation of the City of Chicago Policy on Sexual Harassment. Andra Gomberg, a Sexual Harassment Officer ruled in Angelo's favor. Also, John "Jack" Hurley was on City of Chicago property, assaulted Angelo just prior to an upcoming election. I am a witness to the assault by the Union official. In both cases witnesses were present and came forward. The City of Chicago Department of Water Management has many cases of workplace policy violations. Angelo A. Fata has the good fortune of becoming the client of Frank Avila Jr. A major lawsuit is underway. Some employees at the Chicago Department of Water Management think the old way of business will continue, sneaking out of trouble by calling an Alderman and waiting for a Statue of Limitations to expire. Hold your breath if you are mad, treat your co-worker with respect. Photo by Patrick McDonough



The only positive aspect of this case was the willingness of witnesses to come forward. It's egregious that the Sexual Harassment happened to begin with. My sympathies to Mr. Fata for having been denigrated this way and his personal suffering.

Sexual Harassment is a dispicable crime against humanity that attempts to rob you of your dignity and self respect.

These are some of the effects that a victim of Sexual Harassment can experience. Text copied from Sexual Harassment Support Forum:

Decreased work or school performance as the victim must focus on dealing with the
harassment and the surrounding dynamics and/or effects; psychological effects of harassment
can also decrease work and school performance

Increased absenteeism to avoid harassment, or because of illness from the stress

Having to drop courses, or change academic plans; academic transcripts may be weakened
because of decreased school performance

Retaliation from the harasser, or colleagues/friends of the harasser, should the victim complain
or file a grievance (retaliation can involve revenge along with more sexual harassment, and often
involves stalking the complainant)

Having one's personal life offered up for public scrutiny --the victim becomes the "accused," and
their dress, lifestyle, and private life will often come under attack. (Note: this rarely occurs for the

Being objectified and humiliated by scrutiny and gossip

Becoming publicly sexualized

Defamation of character and reputation

Loss of trust in environments similar to where the harassment occurred

Loss of trust in the types of people that occupy similar positions as the harasser or their

Extreme stress upon relationships with significant others, sometimes resulting in divorce;
extreme stress on peer relationships, or relationships with colleagues

Being ostracized from professional or academic circles

Having to relocate to another city, another job, or another school

Loss of job and income; loss of tuition because of having to leave school

Loss of references/recommendations

Loss of career

Weakening of support network: colleagues, friends, and even family may distance themselves
from the victim or abandon them altogether.

Some of the health effects, psychological and physiological, that can occur in someone who has been
sexually harassed:


Anxiety and/or panic attacks

Traumatic stress; post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Sleeplessness and/or nightmares

Shame and guilt; self-blame

Difficulty concentrating


Fatigue or loss of motivation

Difficulties with time (forgetting appointments, trouble gaging time)

Stomach problems; gastrointestinal disorders

Eating disorders (weight loss or gain)

Feeling betrayed and/or violated

Feeling angry or violent towards the perpetrator

Feeling powerless, helpless, or out of control

Increased blood pressure

Loss of confidence and self esteem

Overall loss of trust in people; problems with intimacy

Problems with sex (sexual dysfunction)

Withdrawal and isolation

Suicidal thoughts or attempts; suicide

Please note, the above symptoms may not be generated only from the harassment, but can be the
cumulative result of the harassment, retaliation, backlash, and/or blaming a sexual harassment victim
may endure.

Thanks to you and Angelo for letting our membership know about our Federal case. On May 21, 2008 we went to court and there was a continuance scheduled for June 14, 2008. Of course the Local members who are being charged did not show up they just sent a lawyer to get the charges dismissed. It did not work! Angelo and I have been working together to return this Local back to the membership. The membership is tired of being sold out. It is time for a change and we are the right people for the job! No longer will our membership be told be happy you got a job! This current Executive Board has finally met their match! Thank you, Vince Tenuto and The Fighting For The Future Slate.

Well I got to say something about our beloved Union 726. The question is who's side was Danny Stefanski on? I did not like Danny Stefanski at all because of the way he acted towards other members of Local 726, he associated with other members running for office. I was talking to other members about this associating, and they felt as strong as I did, The Fighting For The Future may have lost a lot of votes because of Stefanski's involvement.
But I agree with Angelo, you fight till the fighting is done!!!! May I say something on how to fight. You bring in member's of Local 726 to stand up behind you guys in the court room, FILL that court room with members!!! and when your case gets call, have the members stand right behind you guys so the JUDGE see's the support!!!!! It will help!!