Ninoos Benjamin immigrated to the United States from Iran and considers himself Assyrian. But in a Los Angeles city department where African Americans have been pitted against Latinos for promotions, new hires and job perks, he was told to choose a side. "You are either with us or against us," Benjamin claims he was told by an assistant general manager in a harassment lawsuit he filed earlier this week against the City of L.A.
The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) announced that it had reached a settlement with former employee Scot Graham regarding sexual harassment charges he had brought against retired Superintendent Ramon Cortines. Graham alleged that he had been harassed at a ranch owned by Cortines in 2010; Cortines maintained that the two had an encounter, but that it was consensual.