By Gardenia C. Hung
Since Hilda L. Solis resigned as Secretary of Labor on January 22, 2013, Deputy Secretary Seth D. Harris is the Acting Secretary of Labor. Now employees and employers can TalkToDOL@dol.gov about labor issues, abuse of employees at work, and Violence Against Women during the course of employment.
My name is Gardenia C. Hung, Illinois Victim of Crimes for the last twenty-two (22) years after I worked as a federal employee full-time at the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Workman’s Compensation, Employment Standards Administration, General Services Administration, at the Kluczynski Building, 230 North Dearborn Street, 8th Floor, in Chicago, Illinois. Since 1991-1992, I have been denied Crime Victims’ Rights in the State of Illinois for this 22-year-old case matter in Department of Labor court summons, court hearings, court appearances, arbitrations, meetings, panel discussions, U.S. Mail notifications, advisories, etc. In addition, the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Workers’ Compensation staff had me held by force to induce drug injection on the right thumb to paralyze my right hand and wrist during October 1991.
Twenty-two (22) years ago, I worked for the U.S. Department of Labor at the John C. Kluczynski Building, 230 S. Dearborn St., 8th Floor, Chicago, Illinois 60604 across from the Dirksen Federal Court building, and next the Loop Station U.S. Post Office, downtown. In 1991, I was still a newlywed married to Nathan Scott Wittler for three years, hoping to have a baby. I lived on the Northwest side of Chicago at the corner of West Belle Plaine and North Sacramento in a building owned by Mrs. A.C. Nylen and family of realtors in Chicago, Illinois USA. During the decade of the 1990s, I lived near my Father, Mr. Roberto Hung who worked for the Felt-Products Corporation in Skokie, Illinois. As a newlywed, I was always working and looking for work to do. I had already worked for healthcare travel insurance company known as GESA Assistance, Groupe Européen S.A. In addition, I also worked as a Certified Legal and Medical Interpreter and Translator, Illinois Notary Public in Cook County, at the Industrial Commission with Action Translation Bureau managed by Joseph Raudonis in Palos Heights, and also for Carmen Kenny and Associates based in Arlington Heights, Cook County; plus I travelled and commuted by car, train, and Metra for Interpreting and Translation assignments in DuPage County, Kane County, Lake County, McHenry County, LaSalle County, Will County, DeKalb County, Kendall County, throughout the state of Illinois, USA.
Previously, during 1990, I had responded to a job advertising after I found a Help Wanted job posted in the Chicago newspaper for Diplomatic Languages Services looking for bilingual Spanish, French, and Portuguese interpreters and translators when Elizabeth Degnan was the Director at the DLS headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. Elizabeth Degnan assigned me to work as certified Spanish interpreter and translator for the Dirksen Federal Building with a Special Agent in Charge at the Federal Bureau of Investigation office which used to be located in the same federal court building facility. Also, I was assigned Spanish translation for Audiotape Transcripts into English which were to be typed and forwarded by mail and/or facsimile to DLS in Virginia.
1990 – 1991 (1 year) Dirksen Federal Court Building, 219 South Dearborn St., Chicago, Illinois 60604
Certified Interpreter and Translator working with Diplomatic Language Services Director Elizabeth Degnan in Arlington, Virginia. Sworn Interpreter and Translator assigned to the Dirksen Federal Court Building for language services required by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms division, Central Intelligence Agency, Chicago Police Department. In addition, transcribed, translated certified and notarized audio-cassette recordings from Spanish into English, wordprocessing transcripts for Diplomatic Language Services.
After I completed the interpreting and translation assignment for Diplomatic Languages Services in October 1991, I began to look for additional work and another job. I found a Help Wanted job listing posted by the U.S. Department of Labor in Chicago, Illinois USA.
Twenty-two (22) years ago, during 1991-1992, I was hired as a certified medical claims examiner, analyst, by the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Workman’s Compensation, on the 8th Floor of the Kluczynski Building, across from the Dirksen Federal Building. While I worked full-time as a federal employee at the U.S. DOL, OWCP Office, the first week of October 1991, I was injured, harassed, and abused during the course of employment, after 5:00 PM; since then, I have become an Illinois Victim of Crime because I worked for Richard Kadus, Phyllis Crane, Shelene Turner, Joan Rosel, Thom M. Sheridan and other federal employees reviewing and adjudicating fellow federal employees claims for the Office of Workman’s Compensation in Chicago, Illinois.
Certified Medical Claims Examiner Analyst, Adjudicator, Congressional Liaison, Telephone, Typist, Filing, Clerical
January 1991 – December 1992
I was hired by Richard Kadus, Director, and Phyllis Crane, his Assistant Director at the U.S. Department of Labor as a Certified Medical Examiner Analyst, Adjudicator, Congressional Liaison for former Senator Paul Simon and Secretary of Labor Lynn Martin, Assistant Tom Markey, worked with Unit 3 Joan Rosel, Unit 2 Shelene Turner, and Unit 1 Thom Sheridan as a federal employee adjudicating workman’s compensation claims filed by federal employees and military personnel at the Rock Island Arsenal injured during the course of employment and government operations.
During January 1991, when I was working full-time for the U.S. Department of Labor, OWCP Office, I was trained and hired to review federal employees’ medical claims for work injuries suffered during the course of federal employment for adjudication, medical treatment, rehabilitation, vocational training, and a recommended monetary award.
A few months later, during the first week of October 1991, after the visit of the former U.S. DOL Secretary Lynn Martin to the DOL Chicago Office, the Supervisor for Unit 2, Shelene Turner had returned from a two-week vacation touring Rome, Italy. Then, other federal employees like Anita Freeney and Lois Ware in Unit 2, also wanted to go on vacation and take their leave of absence immediately; so they started transferring their assigned OWCP claim files to the desk of Gardenia C. Hung for additional review, adjudication, and awarding, leaving several tall, high stacking files from their end of the office to the other side by the window cubicles where I was sitting. At the end of the day, Anita Freeney started screaming at me, shouting that I had to take all her pending federal employees’ OWCP incomplete and unfinished, harassing me while I was at my office cubicle desk, after Shelene Turner, the Supervisor, had gone home for the day—since I was staying after 5 PM, working extra hours without any compensation, leave of absence or vacation time off.
Then, Anita Freeney ran to Richard Kadus’ office, when the latter came out and started verbally reprimanding Gardenia C. Hung because of the former’s federal OWCP case loads and stacks, incomplete and undone, files stacked high on the medical claims examiner’s desk because Anita Freeney wanted to go on vacation, instead of continuing to work on her OWCP case loads—when it was not Gardenia C. Hung’s fault. Suddenly, Richard Kadus started abusing Gardenia C. Hung to force her to take some white pills he had and afterwards, injecting her right thumb with a drug from a hypodermic needle to paralyze her right wrist and hand, and marking her white shirt with blue ink marking a cross. As a Victim of Crime, I was abused and drugged by Richard Kadus and Anita Freeney at the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Workman’s Compensation. Consequently, I had to be hospitalized for three (3) months at Rush St. Luke Presbyterian Hospital next to the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle Campus.
This federal incident also caused me a problem with my former employer, Jose Poquet, who was then the Executive Director of Premier GESA Assistance Groupe Européen, a travel emergency medical insurance network for North America, the Caribbean, Central and South America.
While I was hospitalized at Rush St. Luke Presbyterian Hospital because of the U.S. DOL OWCP Office abuse and induced drug injection on my right thumb, I was also injured and kicked by a security staff man at the hospital who abused me and caused an extended hospitalization which resulted in the loss of my job during January 1992. Richard Kadus would not let me return to work at the U.S. DOL OWCP Office when Illinois Senator Paul Simon was involved with the federal workman’s compensation office at the Kluczynski Federal Building.
Even when I filed a Complaint with the U.S. Department of Labor, Annabelle T. Lockhart denied my claim for compensation and lied about the circumstances involving abuse of my person at the OWCP Office in Chicago, Illinois. U.S. DOL OWCP has not contacted or mailed any notifications to me as an Illinois Victim of Crime, thus denying me constitutional crime victims’ rights to date during 2013.
There is a Centennial Crisis at the U. S. Department of Labor when I have become an Illinois Victim of Heinous Hate Crimes and Violence Against Women, denied Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, and Due Process by Law since I worked for the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Workman’s Compensation for the General Services Administration at the Kluczynski Building, 230 S. Dearborn St. in Chicago, Illinois 60604 in the United States of America.