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Legal Secretary Contempt Charge for Gesture at SkyWest Trial OK

Oct. 22, 2019, 9:01 PM

A legal secretary who admittedly made a gesture to a SkyWest Airlines Inc. witness not to answer a question at an employment trial was properly convicted of criminal contempt of court, the Tenth Circuit ruled Oct. 22.

Ann Rutledge was present at the trial to help SkyWest’s attorneys show electronic evidence in its defense of disability bias claims by employee John Hayes, according to the court. She was sitting at the attorneys’ table when a lawyer for Hayes asked a SkyWest witness about an exhibit.

“When I saw the document that came up, I had a reaction, and I turned...

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