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The Shirley Reddick Incident

Several weeks after the Lisa Lightner incident, Ruth Ibarra (from QA) was walking through the environmental testing area and saw Shirley Reddick resealing some chips. This was a normal thing to do, but all chips for reseal need to have a stamp on them indicating this was authorized. None of these chips had the stamp. Ibarra, suspicious because of the things she had heard of the Lightner incident, decided to ask Goodearl what was going on. Goodearl did not know, so they went back to Reddick, who was still doing the resealing, to ask who authorized the resealing. "Don LaRue did," said Reddick, but she did not know why. Goodearl then asked Don LaRue why the resealing was being done without the stickers, and received the reply "None of your damn business." At this point, Goodearl decided to stop her questioning.

But things were not over yet. Later that day, she received a phone call from Jim Temple, one of her superiors, telling here to come to his office. Temple informed her in no uncertain terms that she needed to back down. "You are doing it again. You are not part of the team, running to Quality with every little problem." Goodearl insisted she did not "run to Quality" but that Quality came to her with the concern. Temple was unmoved. "Shape up and be part of the team if you want your job."

At this point, Goodearl decided to talk with the personnel office to inquire about making a harassment complaint regarding the threats of firing. After her meeting there, she saw the person immediately walk down the hall to Frank Saia's office, the head of the entire product line on which she worked. She then got a call to come to Frank Saia's office. She had had a run-in with Saia in the earlier incident, so as she went to the meeting she was nervous. Saia ask her to sit down, and then erupted, throwing his glasses across the room, in her direction: "If you ever do anything like that again, I will fire your ass right out of here."

Later that week, at a company dinner meeting, she spoke with the head of the personnel department, Mr Neiendam, who assured her that her job was not at stake and that she did not have to worry about Saia or LaRue. After another week passed, she heard from LaRue himself that he had been transferred to another department, Production Control, but that he will still be moving chips in and out of the environmental testing area.

The chips that started this incident, by the way, were resealed and sent on to the customer.

Goodearl's new boss, B.J. Rhodes, was actually assigned the position in addition to her other duties, and so Goodearl was mostly left alone in the Environmental Testing area, with regular visits from Don LaRue, who in his new role in Production Control was still requiring the girls to skip tests. When Goodearl reported this to her new boss, B.J., her boss said, "That's none of your business. Your job now is to turn the people around on the floor and make them like you. Upper management doesn't want to hear about this. Don't make any more waves, you've made enough problems. Just do your job."

As the production control person, LaRue continued to give "hot parts" to the girls and get the parts special treatment in passing tests.