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Nov142017

Lawsuit Alleged Sexual Harassment At Bandon Dunes, Kemper

Bandon Dunes and parent company, KemperSports, are center of sexual harassment lawsuit reported on by Sara Roth of NBC's affiliate station in Portland, KGW.

The case centers around Bandon Dunes GM Hank Hickox, who was quoted in 2015 praising the woman who ultimately filed the suit after she was named hospitality professional of the year.

Roth writes:

Court documents show the allegations aren’t just limited to the golf club in Bandon, Oregon. Two employees claim the alleged misconduct has been pervasive for years at the corporate office. Top executives are accused by the lawsuit of not only condoning the behavior but also participating in sexually inappropriate conduct themselves

The video report:

Kemper's spokesman, in a story by Golf.com's Sean Zak, says the Bandon suit has been withdrawn but would not say it had been settled.

In a statement to GOLF.com, KemperSports' director of communications B.R. Koehnemann, wrote, "The article that was written yesterday refers to a case that has been withdrawn. On Friday, November 10, 2017, Ms. Hamblin acted to dismiss the lawsuit. The court was informed and the case was removed from the docket. When informed of the alleged inappropriate behavior at Bandon Dunes, the Company took decisive remedial action, and Mr. Hickox is no longer employed by KemperSports or Bandon Dunes. Independent outside counsel has been retained to further investigate the situation."

John Strege at GolfDigest.com also reviewed the story and contacted Kemper President Josh Lesnik, the subject of allegations in the lawsuit and reported on by Roth. When company failed to properly address Darla Hamblin's complaint, she soon learned from another employee of purported misconduct at KemperSports and the alleged company culture became part of the case.

“An incident did occur at Bandon Dunes." Lesnik said in a statement. "We handled it appropriately and effectively. Hank no longer works for us, and the staffer acted to dismiss the lawsuit. Any allegations about me are false, and our Board of Directors has launched an investigation that will find the truth.”

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I bet Mike Keiser is thrilled about this.
11.14.2017 | Unregistered CommenterOB
Perverts beware. You day is over and women will call you out.
11.15.2017 | Unregistered CommenterBill
The real question is why did it take so long? Absurd that Hollywood finally had to put conscience over career before speaking up. Ted Kennedy and Chris Dodd made the "waitress sandwich" famous. But they didn't invent it. I find it ironic that one of them, after leaving politics, was hired as CEO of the MPAA. The other one belongs where he is.
11.15.2017 | Unregistered CommenterD. maculata
Glad the word is finally getting out about Kemper Sports and the buffoons in their management ranks. The Lesnik's are jackasses that were born on 3rd base thanks to old man Kemper's idea and $, but act like they hit a triple.
11.15.2017 | Unregistered CommenterDAVE
Damning stuff. It seems the only smart thing Kemper Sports did was settling with Ms. Hamblin before trial. Hamblin & Fitzgerald likely would've been an incredible one-two punch for damages awarded.

Now, Bandon Dunes will be terminating Kemper Sports management services, right?
11.15.2017 | Unregistered CommenterFC
Absolutely incredible how you, D.mac, can turn this into a political debate. Do we really need to make a list of each one with political affiliation next to their name. I don't think you'd be happy with that.
11.15.2017 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Mihok
@ Thomas Mihok

Please forgive me, Tom. I have this affliction when it comes to major hypocrites. And I don't particularly care which side of the isle they reside on. FYI, the taxpayer funded sexual harassment slush fund created by our bureaucrats, didn't have a party line requirement. Go figure?
11.15.2017 | Unregistered CommenterD. maculata
" And I don't particularly care which side of the isle they reside on. "

Which is why you mentioned TK and CD instead of guys like Roy Moore, Larry Craig and Dennis Hastert.
11.15.2017 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Mihok
None of the three you named went to work in Hollywood, Tom. They just crawled back to the holes they came from. Nobody circled the wagons. Sounds to me like you've become upset over the revelation Roy Moore was a (D) in his "active" years. You want to go deeper or have you had enough playing party politics?
11.15.2017 | Unregistered CommenterD. maculata
As the spouse of a former B.D. director I can attest to the idiocy present in their ranks. It is no wonder golf is failing to gather new players with this kind of management. The entire industry needed a wake up call but will it answer in a way that hastens the sport's slide. I am satisfied that this issue is seeing the light of day and I sincerely hope those involved have hard times ahead, they deserve it. What goes around comes around... Adrienne F. harassed people as well, not sexually, but in other ways.
11.15.2017 | Unregistered Commentermbmozz
Strom Thurmond was a democrat as well dmac, are you really going there? Your anger over your parties ineptness is amusing.
11.15.2017 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Mihok
Oh well, Tom. Allow me to clear this up since your political drone mentality appears to be clouding your interpretation skills. The two slices of bread noted on the sandwich, are analogous to the topic; i.e. misconduct being pervasive for years. The "joining in" by those charged with minding the store serves as the descriptor.

The inept GOP establishment were taken down by a political neophyte. And they possessed all the power and financial cannons. The DNC rigged the process and still lost. In golf and politics you get what you deserve when a system is long overdue for a housecleaning.
11.16.2017 | Unregistered CommenterD. maculata
Just that simple, isn't it?
11.16.2017 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Mihok
Wtf men. Grow some balls and act like gentlemen instead of 12 year old boys.
11.16.2017 | Unregistered CommenterV60
Maybe the KS guys need Pervatol.

https://utabby.com/en_US/video/020/wwmrQIfgxXg/Pervatol%253A_A_Drug_to_Help_Sexual_Predators_Sleep_at_Night
11.17.2017 | Unregistered CommenterFC
I personally worked with Adrienne F and SHE was the one who harassed many others, including myself. Being a female myself, she made work environments extremely uncomfortable and I often had married men confide in me that they were uncomfortable because she would sit on their laps, grope them and be extremely touchy. I witnessed this first hand several times. Her behavior was the most obnoxious and unprofessional behavior I have ever seen in the corporate world.
When I read this article I nearly fell over from shock once I read that she made the declaration. I almost filed a complaint with HR for sexual harassment against her, so this is shocking to see this statement come from her.
I know nothing of the Darla harassment claim, so I cannot speak to that at all. But, I can speak to the claims made by Adrienne F and can 100% testify to the fact that her behavior was lewd and disgusting.
I sincerely hope that KemperSports is considering filing a judgement against her. If they do, I hope they call upon the many many past employees who have witnessed her behavior. I certainly can give my first hand account of her actions, as can MANY of the employees who attended these events with her.
11.19.2017 | Unregistered CommenterB
I certainly hope Ms. Hamblin was fairly rewarded, I applaude her strength. However I also needed to post about Adrienne Fitzgerald (or Flentge, the name she went by). It’s pretty rare, but occasionally women can be guilty of sexually harassing men, and Adrienne is one of those women. She was also terrible to any women she worked with. I hope the truth about her comes to light. I know several gentlemen who are on the executive team and they are stand up guys. And if there are bad apples, I hope they are outed and fired.
11.19.2017 | Unregistered CommenterMountaingirl3

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