SUIT CLAIMS ETHNIC SLURS IN MAILINGS.Byline: JASON Jason, in Greek mythology
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GLENDALE - A Glendale man who is a former Charter Communications Charter Communications NASDAQ: CHTR is an American company providing cable television, high-speed Internet, and telephone services to more than 5.7 million customers in 29 states. It is the third-largest publicly traded cable operator in the U.S. employee has filed a lawsuit claiming someone from the company mailed him two bills and a promotional letter with threatening and derogatory remarks about his Armenian heritage.
Eric Mazmanyan, who receives Charter's cable services at his home, alleges the company mailed him two bills in June and July and a promotional mailer in September that changed his last name to spell out a death threat and ethnic slur Noun 1. ethnic slur - a slur on someone's race or language
aspersion, slur - a disparaging remark; "in the 19th century any reference to female sexuality was considered a vile aspersion"; "it is difficult for a woman to understand a man's sensitivity to any slur on .
The former Charter employee, who left the company before the mailings and is now a car salesman, accuses Charter of allowing "extremely callous, demeaning de·mean 1
tr.v. de·meaned, de·mean·ing, de·means
To conduct or behave (oneself) in a particular manner: demeaned themselves well in class. , racist and threatening correspondence" to be sent to his home, even after he notified company officials about the letters.
"It's shocking. I don't know Don't know (DK, DKed)
"Don't know the trade." A Street expression used whenever one party lacks knowledge of a trade or receives conflicting instructions from the other party. how to explain it," said Mazmanyan, who worked for the company at a call center in Irwindale for about a decade before he quit in 2004 because of a work-related disability. "Especially if it happens three times. It keeps offending me. It's not right."
The promotional letter had an Irwindale return address, while the two bills had a Glendale return address.
Anita Lamont, a spokeswoman for St. Louis-based Charter, said the company would not comment on pending litigation An action brought in court to enforce a particular right. The act or process of bringing a lawsuit in and of itself; a judicial contest; any dispute.
When a person begins a civil lawsuit, the person enters into a process called litigation. .
After being informed of the first two letters, Steven D. Allison, an attorney for Charter, wrote in an Aug. 12 letter to Mazmanyan's attorney that "since learning of the situation, Charter Communications has made every effort to thoroughly and aggressively investigate," according to the complaint, filed April 13 in Los Angeles Superior Court.
The next month, Mazmanyan received the promotional offer with the same offensive language.
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Mazmanyan's attorney, Matt Geragos, fumed fume
1. Vapor, gas, or smoke, especially if irritating, harmful, or strong.
2. A strong or acrid odor.
3. A state of resentment or vexation.
v. over the mailings. He is the brother of attorney Mark Geragos, and both are Armenian.
"It's mind-boggling that Charter, which serves tens of thousands of Armenian-American customers, would allow such mail to go out, even after I communicated to its headquarters and to its chief counsel," he said. "It's as though it's a slap in the face."