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Former EchoStar executive's suit against CEO resolved

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  1. Chris Blount

    Chris Blount Creator of DBSTalk Staff Member Administrator DBSTalk Gold Club

    Jun 22, 2001
    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."

  2. Richard King

    Richard King Hall Of Fame

    Mar 25, 2002
    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.
  3. mainedish

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    Mar 25, 2003
    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.
  4. Darkman

    Darkman Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Gold Club

    Apr 16, 2002
    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.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/business_columnists/article/0,1299,DRMN_82_4142611,00.html )
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