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Friday, February 18, 2005

Who Would of Thought that Koko was a Breast Man?

Some jobs aren't worth it. But you sometimes don't know that until after you've started working at the place. For example, check out this bizarre story, Gorilla Foundation rocked by breast display lawsuit:
Two former employees of the Gorilla Foundation, home to Koko the "talking" ape, have filed a lawsuit contending that they were ordered to bond with the 33-year-old female simian by displaying their breasts.

Nancy Alperin and Kendra Keller, both of San Francisco, are taking on the Woodside nonprofit and its president, Francine "Penny" Patterson.

Their lawsuit, filed Tuesday in San Mateo County Superior Court, alleges sexual discrimination, wrongful termination in retaliation for reporting health and safety violations, and failure to pay overtime or provide rest breaks.

It seeks more than $1 million total in damages for the two women.

The suit follows complaints filed by Alperin and Keller in January with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, in which they gave identical reasons for why they were fired: "I refused to expose my breast to perform acts of bestiality with one of the gorillas."

The lawsuit goes into more detail.(more)

It seems that Koko has a history of this kind of behavior. Also, I would say the foundation has some issues. Check out this job posting that was odious enough to be noticed by Fuck That Job!:
Great opportunity for industrious, trustworthy, and enlightened
individual who is devoted to the welfare of non-humans, and wishes to make a
contribution to the cause of helping save, care for and learn from the
great apes. This is an hourly part-time position from 4PM-10PM, five days a
week with the opportunity of becoming full-time. Flexibility required with
the ability to work weekends.

Major Responsibilities:
- Monitor Research Office grounds and assure well-being and comfort of gorillas Koko & Ndume
- Web development Internet sites (including some design, DreamWeaver template implementation and ongoing content updates)
- Data entry (via FileMaker Pro)
- Light cleaning and maintenance of Research and Gorilla facilities

Minimum Qualifications:
- Some experience working with (or caring for) non-human animals
- Some experience developing websites
- Passion for the Gorilla Organizations’s Mission
- Highly computer literate (preferably with Mac hardware, and Dreamweaver, FileMaker and MS Office software)
- Excellent Hearing
- Not afraid of the dark
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Superior Work Ethic:
- Hard-working — responsible and self motivated
- Positive attitude with good sense of humor
- Proactive — not afraid to ask questions
- Well organized / efficient
- Strong team player
- Able to follow defined protocols
- Good common sense

Desirable Qualifications:
- Degree in Linguistics, Psycholinguistics, Primatology, Cognitive
Psychology, Anthropology and/or Computer Science
- Accounting/book keeping
- Have published in scientific journals
- Fluency in American Sign Language
- Carpentry and fix-it skills, equipment repairs, troubleshooting. etc

I think the "Not afraid of the dark" would have raised some flags. However, I can understand that if you are desperate for job(like I am right now) you'll take whatever you can get. I wonder how much they pay?