Website picks Iseri-Carvalho as one of America’s worst bosses of 2012

LIHU‘E — A website that tracks the nation’s worst bosses has placed former County Prosecutor Shaylene Iseri-Carvalho as No. 39 on a list of top-50 bosses in the United States who together have caused millions of dollars in losses to their employers in 2012.

The website eBossWatch covers workplace discrimination, harassment and hostile work environment complaints. The 2012 America’s Worst Bosses list, published on the website’s blog Dec. 18, was put together by the eBossWatch panel of “workplace experts,” according to the website.

“To date, the 2012 America’s Worst Bosses have cost their employers over $41 million in monetary damages and lawsuit settlement payments. Of this amount, the 2012 worst bosses in the public sector have cost their respective taxpayers over $21 million,” the website states.

Though eBossWatch only cites a settlement of $120,000 that the county of Kaua‘i agreed to pay former County Deputy Prosecutor Shannon Weigel to settle a racial harassment lawsuit, complaints against Iseri-Carvalho or the Office of Prosecuting Attorney resulted in at least $228,000 in settlements in 2012. Additional funds — taxpayers’ money — of tens of thousands of dollars were spent to secure special counsel.

Iseri-Carvalho’s ranking comes on the heels of another boss from Hawai‘i. Carolyn Frutoz-De Harne, owner of Hawai‘i Health Professionals, also know as Hawai‘i Professional HomeCare Services, was ranked the nation’s worst boss No. 38 by eBossWatch.

Frutoz-De Harne and her Honolulu-based company were ordered to pay $193,236 to a woman allegedly fired because of her age, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Besides Iseri-Carvalho and Frutoz-De Harne, the 2012 America’s Worst Bosses list includes two additional county prosecuting attorneys, a college dean, four restaurant owners, a fire department chief, five doctors, a judge and a state attorney general, among others, according to eBossWatch.

The managers who made the 2012 America’s Worst Bosses list were named in workplace lawsuits filed by their employees and were accused of workplace harassment and/or sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation and/or creating a hostile work environment, the website states.

This is the fourth year that eBossWatch releases a list of worst bosses. It is also the second year in a row that someone from Hawai‘i is named. In 2011, Big Island veterinarian Alfred Mina placed 61st on the list, after the East Hawai‘i Veterinarian Center on Big Island agreed to pay $101,000 to settle an EEOC sexual harassment lawsuit filed on behalf of eight former employees, the website states.

A request for comments from Iseri-Carvalho’s former employees was placed with current County Prosecutor Justin Kollar, but a reply wasn’t received by press time.

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