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BREAKING NEWS

Report says Washington's Lotto Director called women what?
October 12, 2017



Chronicle news-opinion-expert analysis
Chronicle staff


(REGIONAL) -- It would appear, what with the now famously reported reprehensible doings (to women) by a once powerful and celebrated Hollywood big (fat) shot, that some men just don't get it when it comes to women.

Meaning they haven't learned anything since the women's movement for equal rights, pay and respect began during the stone age.

So now we have - following on the heels of the Hollywood expose' of the Big Shot movie man who's now out of a job and off to rehab - the apparent, although to a lesser degree, expose' of the Director of the Washington State Lottery.

The Associated Press is out with a story saying that an outside investigation into complaints of a "hostile workplace at the Washington state Lottery," has found that the agency’s director treats female employees uh...shall we say, a bit differently than their male counterparts?

As in, he calls the women “criers” and excludes them "from key discussions," says the AP story.

The venerable wire service (old, tired and long frayed on the edges but still serviceable as a basic news dissemination/re-write tool) says it got its hands on that report through a public records request.

Well thank god. Finally, a public records request in this state that results in something other than taxpayers getting ripped off for $250,000 or more or some poor woman being stalked by a psycho for years on end.

Some items from the story:

.......Most of the evidence for that conclusion about the way Lottery Director Bill Hanson runs (or ran) the ship comes from interviews with eleven women at the agency. They evidently were not amused with Billy's supervisory skills.

.......The report was written by the head of a Northwest law firm. It says Hanson didn't deny said treatment of women under his employ but that he did not do it consciously. (Well, gosh that must be a relief to the women on the receiving end of things, ya think?)

Hanson is headed down the road to new opportunities, as they say in the Lotto biz. He was appointed Director in 2010. On Sept. 29 he sent a letter of resignation to the Governor saying his last day will be November 1st. And the search for a fearless new leader moves forward.
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And so it goes.

Memo to Male Supervisors and former big shot Hollywood movie moguls now in rehab:

Look, guys. This is not complicated, hard stuff. It's not rocket science or heart surgery. You don't have to go to an Ivy League college to learn the right way to act on the job.

All you have to do is do what mommy and daddy drilled into you (or should have drilled into you) as a kid: be nice to the other boys and girls and always treat everyone with dignity and respect.

How hard is that? Do you guys have sawdust for brains? This stuff is easy dude. Just act like a decent human being should act. Duh.

Now, don't make us have to come back and revisit this stuff and do another story about this type of behavior or there's gonna be hell to pay. You understand?

Thank you for your attention to this matter.





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