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Former EchoStar executive's suit against CEO resolved

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#1 OFFLINE   Chris Blount

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Posted 31 July 2005 - 06:11 AM

By Roger Fillion, Rocky Mountain News
July 30, 2005

A bitter lawsuit lodged against EchoStar Communications CEO Charlie Ergen by a former top female executive has been resolved without a court fight.

The Douglas County satellite-TV company and former Executive Vice President Soraya Hesabi-Cartwright said in a joint statement that "they have amicably resolved their dispute."

Both sides refused to give details or say whether EchoStar paid money to end the lawsuit - a discrimination suit alleging that Hesabi-Cartwright was subjected to "violent yelling fits" from Ergen "in front of other managers."


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Posted 31 July 2005 - 07:06 AM

It described a December 2003 incident in which Ergen "yelled and screamed" at Hesabi-Cartwright after one of his folksy "Charlie Chat" TV appearances for Dish Network subscribers.

Gee, I wonder if anyone has a copy of that Charlie Chat. It would be interesting to see what transpired on the Chat that could have made him take off on her.
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Posted 02 August 2005 - 08:22 AM

From what I remember he would ask questions of the staff and nobody knew anything. I remember one when he did get a little mad because nobody had an answer. He didn't blow up or anything but you could tell he was upset.

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Posted 08 October 2005 - 04:09 PM

A photo finish

Talk about a career shift.

Last we heard, Soraya Hesabi- Cartwright, a former executive vice president at Douglas County satellite-TV company EchoStar Communications, had settled a bitter lawsuit she'd filed against the company.

In her discrimination suit, Hesabi-Cartwright charged that she had been subjected to "violent yelling fits" from company founder and CEO Charlie Ergen "in front of other managers," and described EchoStar as a "boys club" that discriminated against her on the basis of sex and national origin. Hesabi-Cartwright, an Iranian-American, left the company in January 2004, a year before she filed her lawsuit.

She had sought unspecified damages for emotional distress and mental anguish, reinstatement and $4 million in lost stock options. In 2003, Hesabi-Cartwright was reportedly the fifth- highest-paid executive in Colorado, making an annual salary of $13.5 million.

Both sides refused to divulge details of the settlement, reached in July, although in a joint statement the former executive and the company said they had "amicably resolved their dispute."

Hesabi-Cartwright has resurfaced recently in a seemingly kinder, gentler venture. She's started Life's Sweet, which organizes family photos into 20-page glossy, hardcover books and DVDs with music. Exploring entrepreneurial options, Hesabi- Cartwright said she discovered a need among families — from new moms to adults who want keepsakes of their aging parents' younger years — to turn shoe boxes full of photos into heirlooms that can be passed from generation to generation. She opened her shop in Lone Tree with five employees in July.

( Source is at the following link, 3rd article from the top there: http://www.rockymoun...4142611,00.html )

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