Thursday, October 26, 2006

Santa Barbara News-Press Withdraws Petition

Santa Barbara News-Press Withdraws Petition Filed on Behalf of Threatened Employee

SANTA BARBARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, the Santa Barbara News-Press filed legal papers to withdraw the petition it filed in Santa Barbara Superior Court on behalf of News-Press photographer Ana Elisa Fuentes. The case involved Ms. Fuentes’ claim that fellow employee Michael Todd made death threats against her. Mr. Todd claimed the statements were jokes.

Ms. Fuentes has resigned. Since Ms. Fuentes is not currently employed at the paper, pursuit of a workplace violence injunction prohibiting future wrongful conduct against Ms. Fuentes at the work site would serve no purpose and the petition is being dismissed.

The News-Press continues to be vigilant about potential workplace violence to ensure the safety of all employees.

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