Category Archives: Harassment
What Changes Do You See in Tackling Sexual Harassment
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What’s changing about how we deal with sexual harassment?
Some answers are already clear.
We need an accounting of the economic toll of sexual harassment and workplace abuse on women.
Having to turn down new opportunites instead of working with a harasser.
Losses in productivity.
Getting fired for reporting toxic behavior.
Choosing to quit altogether.
— Karen Attiah (@KarenAttiah) November 20, 2017
David Schwimmer Calls for an End to Sexual Harassment with New PSAs: “Now Is the Time”
“So few men want to have this conversation, because they get killed. They get killed,” Megyn Kelly said boldly to David Schwimmer on Megyn Kelly TODAY .
“Do you have any fear in being the guy that does it?”
Without hesitation, he replied, “I don’t.”
This isn’t a shock, as Schwimmer has co-produced six short films with writer and producer Sigal Avin, appropriately named #ThatsHarrassment, to shed light on the different ways that women are being sexually harassed every day.
These videos have also been shortened into a series of PSA announcements that are set to run on Fox, Showtime, CBS, Hulu, and Amazon, as well as all of New York’s Taxi TVs.
SEXUAL HARASSMENT/MISCONDUCT IS NOT ONLY IN THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY, BUT EVERYWHERE, AND IT'S NOT JUST MEN AGAINST WOMEN. NO ONE IS EXEMPT. I think everyone should speak out. You have all these people with bootleg power harassing people in every company in this country. They are comfortable playing the role of puppet master, while you're afraid to speak out of fear of losing your jobs. Speak up and speak out!!! Enough is enough!!! #SEXUALHARASSMENT #SEXUALHARASSMENTWORKPLACE
A commission to combat sexual harassment in the workplace needs to be created
The views expressed by contributors are their own and not the view of The Hill Sexual harassment, like sex itself, continues to easily capture headlines, but we go blank when it comes to actually doing something about it.
Solutions are inevitably elusive …
Legislation in Olympia targets sexual harassment in the workplace
Thanks to the awareness brought by the #MeToo movement, the Legislature will hear a package of bills Wednesday aimed at harassment in private workplaces.
Two bills would remove obstacles that could hinder employees from coming forward with harassment …
Ex-Harvey Weinstein assistant sues over “sexually hostile” work environment
Sandeep Rehal said she suffers from “severe emotional distress” because of “incessant sexual harassment” she endured working as the movie mogul’s assistant from February 2013 to February 2015.
She called her work environment “sexually hostile,” and said …
OPINION: To be clear, it is doubtful that Harvey Weinstein was fired because he sexually harassed and/or sexually abused women. It seems to be common knowledge that he has been doing that for many, many years and his illegal antics were well-known throughout Hollywood. Instead, it seems that the reason he was fired is because his decades-long history of sexual misconduct with women was finally made public in a big way and the optics and fallout looked bad for his company.
Amid Weinstein Ousting, New Sexual Harassment Allegations Emerge
Last night Harvey Weinstein was fired from the production company and distributor he cofounded, following a Thursday New York Times report that detailed decades of sexual harassment allegations.
But yesterday two new accusations were made public, …
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"The whole town that virtue-signals about women’s rights and female empowerment stood silent." https://t.co/qf01Hv0clR
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) October 8, 2017
Streep, Judi Dench slam Weinstein over sexual harassment claims
Meryl Streep and Judi Dench, two of Hollywood’s most respected actresses, lashed out at movie producer Harvey Weinstein on Monday but said they were unaware of his decades of alleged sexual harassment of women.
Film producer Harvey Weinstein ousted from Weinstein Co. amid reports of sexual harassment
Weinstein had previously taken an indefinite leave of absence following the revelation of at least allegations of sexual harassment uncovered in an expose Thursday by The New York Times.
The board on Friday endorsed that decision and announced an …
Weinstein Loses Adviser Lisa Bloom Amid Harassment Allegations
Accusations of sexual harassment against Harvey Weinstein, the Hollywood entertainment mogul, cost him a close adviser on Saturday and may have lost his company a high-profile series of books.
Lisa Bloom, the prominent women’s rights attorney, …
Messy matter? CSULA general counsel must give deposition in sexual harassment lawsuit
Over objections from lawyers representing Cal State Los Angeles, a judge ruled Tuesday that the university’s general counsel must attend a deposition sought by the attorney for a former administrator who filed a sexual harassment case against the …
Will be interesting to see how this one plays out: Tesla fires female engineer who alleged sexual harassment https://t.co/4UZHBDX2hO
— Margaret Sullivan (@Sulliview) June 1, 2017
Tesla fires female engineer who sued over sexual harassment
Tesla has fired the woman who sued the company for ignoring her complaints over alleged sexual harassment.
Engineer AJ Vandermeyden talked publicly about her 2016 lawsuit earlier this year, saying “until somebody stands up, nothing is going to change.
Server alleges harassment, Cafe Intermezzo ‘vigorously’ denies claim
But that wasn’t true, according to the lawsuit, which claims she was fired because she reported sexual harassment.
The lawsuit seeks unspecified compensation.
— MyContent365 (@MyContent365) June 6, 2017
Corey Lee’s Restaurant Group Hit With Sexual Harassment Lawsuit
A former line cook at celebrated chef Corey Lee’s Hayes Valley restaurant Monsieur Benjamin, Katherine Ward has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit alleging that her direct supervisor Santos Ramirez — a chef who has since been terminated — repeatedly …
The Bikram Yoga Founder Is On The Run While Evading A Massive Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Payment
Bikram Choudhury is on the lam after a sexual harassment lawsuit has put his hot yoga empire on the line.
The Associated Press reports that an arrest warrant has been issued for Choudhury in California, and he’s been ordered to pay $6.8 million to his …
Spokane agrees to settle sexual harassment lawsuit by former wastewater employee for $875K
The city of Spokane will pay a former worker at the city’s wastewater treatment facility $875,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit filed last year.
Sonya O’Brien left the city after five years of harassment that included being “ridiculed and insulted” by her …
San Diego reaches $225k settlement in sexual harassment lawsuit
The San Diego City Council Tuesday formally approved a $225,000 settlement in litigation brought by a deputy city attorney who alleged sexual harassment by her former supervisor.
Molly Hoot filed her claim against the city last October, …
Teacher files sexual harassment, retaliation lawsuit against district
BAY CITY, MI
Bay City Public Schools is asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed against the district by a former teacher who alleges school administration turned a deaf ear to her complaints of a student sexually harassing her and then …
Colorado prison employee sues captain alleging sexual harassment
A female correctional officer has sued a prison captain in Denver U.S. District Court claiming he sexually harassed her, including making obscene gestures to her in front of her husband and ultimately retaliating against her.
Denver attorney David …
Fox News Sued For Racial Discrimination, Sexual Harassment By Three More Employees
Fox News’ legal woes worsened Monday, as three women joined the growing list of current and former employees suing the network for racial and sexual discrimination.
Kathleen Lee, a shift editor at Fox News Radio, and Naima Farrow, a former accounts …
Roger Ailes’ death complicates sexual harassment cases
Roger Ailes is dead, but sexual harassment lawsuits and investigations involving the former head of Fox News will continue — posing new legal challenges for both sides.
Many lawsuits and investigations that target a single individual would be dropped …
Shaun White reaches settlement in sexual harassment lawsuit
On Tuesday, USA Today reported that Olympic snowboarder Shaun White reached a settlement with the former drummer of his rock band Bad Things, after she filed a lawsuit against him last year accusing him of sexual harassment and withholding wages …
As Uber Probes Sexual Harassment at its Offices, It Overlooks Hundreds of Thousands of Female Drivers
Despite the promise of a thorough investigation, a company spokesperson confirmed that the sexual harassment review only includes the treatment of its full-time employees like Fowler.
Drivers like Galindo, the spokesperson said, don’t qualify because …
Head of Employment at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr Aadil Patel discusses workplace sexual harassment on radio 702 today https://t.co/ZrFgwlCybi
— CliffeDekkerHofmeyr (@CDHLegal) May 3, 2017
Millennium Films Is Being Sued For Sexual Harassment and Gender Discrimination
Production company Millennium Films, most recently responsible for creating the dude-heavy Expendables franchise, is being sued for sexual harassment and gender discrimination by a former employee.
Variety reports that the suit alleges …
— Employment Law (@Employment_HR_) May 4, 2017
Successful Strategies for Preventing and Defending Claims of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
Despite increased efforts to curb it, sexual harassment in the workplace hasn’t gone away.
In fact, news reports of allegations of sexual harassment and lewd behavior lodged against media mogul Bill O’Reilly at Fox News and, separately, against …
How will Interior respond to Yellowstone harassment?
A new report from the Department of the Interior documents heavy drinking, derogatory language, and allegations of sexual misconduct over several years in a …
Q&A with Chris Thrutchley: Train all employees on sexual harassment to avoid liability
Regularly train all employees — not just managers and supervisors.
Case law is clear on this subject.
And the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency charged with enforcing anti-discrimination laws, just issued new …
VA director apologizes for comments about sexual harassment
When CBS SF Bay Area told David Stockwell about women’s sexual harassment claims, he defended the investigative process.
Female VA Employees Find Little Recourse In Harassment Complaints
A KPIX 5 investigation into claims of sexual harassment at Veterans Administration clinics in the Bay Area is expanding.
Yet another female employee has come out of the shadows to tell her story after seeing our reports.
Federal Agents Question Fox News Employees Over Sexual Harassment Scandal
The Fox News sexual harassment scandal has grown beyond just a few employees:
RadarOnline.com has learned that federal investigators have questioned employees about “possible misconduct” at the embattled cable network.
According to CNN, “The …
5 things to know about sexual harassment at work
For many women in the workplace, the sexual harassment scandal that led to the recent ouster of Bill O’Reilly as host of Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor” was depressingly familiar.
Despite the many efforts companies have taken steps to address the …
Can Workplace Hotlines Help Women Come Forward About Sexual Harassment?
The New York Times revealed that Fox News host Bill O’Reilly had reached settlements with five women over sexual-harassment claims.
Fox responded by saying that the company takes workplace matters seriously — noting that it had addressed the …
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If true, these are some pretty crazy allegations of sexual harassment by a CEO…
Thinx Founder Miki Agrawal Accused of Sexual Harassment
Former Thinx employee Chelsea Leibow has filed a complaint with the City of New York Commission on Human Rights, reports New York Magazine.
In the complaint, Leibow alleges that the company’s founder and former CEO Miki Agrawal made …
Workplace sexual harassment lawsuits seem to be here to stay. The problem is that they usually take from 1 to 4 years to settle. And of course, the problem with that is that a lot of people need access to their settlement proceeds long before their case settles. Lawsuit loans are a way to gain access to a portion of the future settlement money now.
Wow. The allegations in this lawsuit are insane. https://t.co/5PGvtSQ9j8
— Nicole Hong (@nicole_hong) March 21, 2017
Filipina accuses male accountant of sexual harassment in NYC
A Filipina has accused a male accountant of the world-renowned architecture firm, Despont Studios, of sexual harassment.
According to an exclusive report by the New York Daily News, a lawsuit was filed Friday in a Manhattan federal court, which claims …
— NBC New York (@NBCNewYork) March 21, 2017
Former Student Files Title IX Lawsuit Against Columbia University, Alleges School Brushed Off Reports of Rape
It also prohibits sexual harassment and assault at academic institutions receiving federal funds and mandates schools respond quickly to reports of such incidents.
The civil suit alleges the executive vice president of Columbia’s Office of University …
ICSD pays $500,000 in sexual harassment settlement
A settlement has been reached in a 2016 sexual harassment lawsuit against the Iron County School District.
Eight Cedar Middle School employees have received a total of $340,000 as part of the lawsuit, which alleges that school officials failed to …
Reeds Spring school district settles $500,000 sexual harassment lawsuit
Reeds Spring schools has settled a lawsuit for $500,000 after a principal said she was retaliated against for reporting that superintendent Michael Mason sexually harassed her.
Jodi Gronvold said in the lawsuit that in April 2015, Mason came into her …
Northwest Territorial Mint settles sexual harassment suit
A federal judge has entered a consent decree approving a $725,000 settlement against former-Federal-Way-based precious metals dealer, Northwest Territorial Mint.
The settlement will resolve a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity …
Dollar General Sued By EEOC for Sexual Harassment
Dolgencorp, LLC, dba Dollar General Stores, Inc., violated federal law when it subjected female employees to sexual harassment, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed yesterday.
According to the EEOC’s …
Luxury Jeweler Paul Morelli Settles Sexual Harassment Lawsuit
Morelli, who owns homes in Society Hill and New Hope, and his company, Paul Morelli Design Inc., just settled a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit filed against both last year by Kathryn Hanegraaf, a 28-year-old woman who worked at his eponymous …
He's calling out the house claiming he's been a scapegoat in a sexual harassment settlement brought by his former… https://t.co/bdY5MPUv0I
— OK Democratic Party (@OkDemocrats) February 8, 2017
Update: Rep. Dan Kirby resigns amid sexual harassment controversy
House Speaker Charles McCall, R-Atoka, charged the House Rules Committee with looking into the matter after it was learned that former House Speaker Jeff Hickman, R-Fairview, agreed to a $44,500 payment to settle a sexual harassment and wrongful …
Panel investigating Kirby, Fourkiller sexual harassment claims to release findings, recommendations Thursday
Dan Kirby’s former assistants and her attorneys to settle a wrongful termination and sexual harassment claim.
Hickman has said an internal investigation found there was no sexual harassment, but it was cheaper to settle the claim than to litigate it …
UCSC Student Sexually Assaulted by Professor with History of Sexual Harassment
The University of California Regents have settled a civil case filed on behalf of a former UC Santa Cruz student for $1.15 million, in regards to the school’s failure to address sexual harassment and sexual violence involving former faculty member …
‘Alternative Facts’: Workplace Sexual Harassment Is Now Legal, And ‘We Can Say Fag Again’
Maybe. Likely. In our alt-reality world, sexual assault is not sexual assault, and groping is not groping – it’s all a mean mean meanie media con job.
Anyway, boys will be boys! For example, the EEOC recently settled a race and sex harassment lawsuit …
Civil Rights Suits Plague Corporation Run by Labor Pick Andrew Puzder
As a defendant in such cases, it is number one among burger chains with $1 billion or more in annual sales, with a higher percentage of racial discrimination and sexual harassment lawsuits filed by employees than McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s and …
Hostilities against women take the form of fewer workplace opportunities on Wall Street
There are two types of sexual harassment claims, according to the EEOC: quid pro quo and hostile work environment.
Quid pro quo means “this for that” and in this context, it involves expressed or implied demands for sexual favors in exchange for a …
— World Bank (@WorldBank) December 4, 2016
Sexually charged: Are harassment claims declining?
Quid pro quo cases allege that an employment offer, promotion or threat of demotion is conditioned on unwelcome sexual advances.
Hostile-environment cases allege that the workplace is charged with pervasive sexual remarks or advances that …
What is Sexual Harassment in the Workplace and what can an Employer do about it?
Quid pro quo essentially means “this for that.”
For instance, quid pro quo harassment would occur if a supervisor conditioned an employee’s career advancement on sexual favors.
“Hostile work environment” is the other type of harassment. This type of …
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Bad bosses: Beware quid pro quo harassment
Recent case: Emmanuela, an obstetrician for a medical clinic, alleged that a supervisor threatened to withhold her paycheck if she refused his sexual advances.
Later, her contract wasn’t renewed. She sued, alleging quid pro quo sexual harassment. She …
Time to confront sexual abuse and harassment in the aid sector, says the Humanitarian Women’s Network https://t.co/on2atDji1h
— IRIN News (@irinnews) December 5, 2016
Second sexual harassment complaint filed against Age editor-in-chief Mark Forbes https://t.co/r2yCZilrg9
— Myriam Robin (@myriamrobin) December 4, 2016
How Unusual Is the Roger Ailes Sexual Harassment Case?
According to Ailes’s alleged victims, he was anything but subtle in his demands, explicitly tying his requests for sex to opportunities for advancement — what the law labels “quid pro quo” harassment.
He allegedly told one woman who was trying to land …
Why Can’t We Stop Sexual Harassment at Work?
Last year the EEOC established a task force to investigate workplace harassment and concluded that “much of the training done over the last 30 years has not worked as a prevention tool.”
The commission could find only three studies, the most recent of …
These stories of women who have been victims of workplace sexual harassment illustrate how pervasive it really is https://t.co/OlF91Rq60w
— Rebecca Nelson (@rebeccarnelson) November 28, 2016
Bullying and sexual harassment rife in the workplace
New research has found adult employees are increasingly finding themselves struggling at work and are victims of cruel and juvenile taunts that were once …
Not asking for it – Sexual Harassment and Discrimination in the Workplace
Yet the AHRC, whose officeholders include national Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins, receives only about 200 complaints relating to workplace sexual harassment per year, a figure which has plateaued in recent years.
— Joyce Smithey (@JoyceSmithey) November 28, 2016
Survey: 960 Canadian Forces personnel sexually assaulted in the workplace in past year
There have also been concerns about how serious some in the military took the issue of sexual abuse.
The previous Chief of the Defence Staff Gen. Tom Lawson, who has since retired, came under fire for his claim that sexual harassment was still an issue …
— Kletter + Nguyen Law (@KletterLaw) November 28, 2016
12 News panel: Workplace sexual harassment
Sexual harassment in the workplace is a very real problem. Gretchen Carlson and Megyn Kelly have shed light on the issue. 12 News spoke with three Valley women who shared their own experiences. After hearing Carlson open up about the alleged sexual …
Taking a stand: How to report workplace sexual harassment
Local women say workplace culture leaves many sexual harassment victims afraid to come forward out of fear of retaliation. While some cases involve verbal comments, others involve more severe physical violations.
Local women says going to work after an …
Megyn Kelly Will Continue to Empower Women: ‘In Many Ways, It Still Is a Man’s World
Megyn Kelly’s allegations that former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes sexually harassed her have prompted a new wave of headlines since the release of her memoir this week, and now the Fox News anchor has some advice for women that might find …
Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Isn’t Getting Any Better
President-elect Donald Trump has been accused of sexual harassment and, during his campaign, used language that would be considered inappropriate in the workplace.
Considering he’s now the highest-profile example of leadership in our country, we got …
- Know that it is harassment if the conduct is not welcomed. When a person’s actions towards you makes you feel uncomfortable, then voice out your disapproval by telling him the instances that causes you with discomfort.
- Find someone that you can trust and tell her about your situation. When you keep these instances to yourself, oftentimes you might feel intimidated to communicate your concerns. Telling it to a reliable person will help you keep another observing eye within your workplace and she can also stand as your witness once you decide to raise a formal complaint. An ideal situation would be to find someone who is in a higher position in the office so that the harasser won’t feel confident that he can intimidate both of you.
- Speak to your human resource personnel and find out if you have grievance policies at work. In some offices and organizations, certain departments are created in order to address these kinds of issues.
- It is considered as harassment if it’s persistent or it happens more than a few times. One rule in defining a sexual harassment case, except for rape or attempted rape, would be when the conduct has been committed several times. However, you will need substantial evidence to back-up your claim. If your co-worker sends you with emails and text messages that contain sexual connotations, make sure that you save all of these records. If you are certain that he will say something inappropriate to you once he’s near your cubicle, prepare your mobile phone to record what he is going to say. You can keep tabs of all of these and make sure to indicate the details when the act was committed.
- File a formal complaint. When the harassment doesn’t stop at your simple request and you are sure that these acts are not going to cease anytime soon, it would be the right time to launch a formal complaint. Create a letter stating all your complaints about your co-worker’s conduct and cite the instances that these actions took place. A professional letter is a more effective way to voice out your concerns, since there’s a possibility that your oral complaint will be twisted according to how the other people interpret it.
- Take further actions. The more challenging thing though would be when you have voiced out your concerns and the senior management fails to act on it. When this occurs, it would be best to seek help from national organizations which advocate women rights.
- Know that your employers have the obligation to protect you from discrimination and harassment. Certain laws such as the Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 2010 legislation of the Protection of Women against Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Bill state that employers coming from private and public companies and labor organizations should provide a safe working environment which is free from harassment. Additionally, the 2010 Bill also states that employers can prevent sexual harassment by clearly indicating that the conduct will not be tolerated and it can result to dismissal.
- Be familiar with laws concerning sexual harassment. Most women fear retaliation or being fired from work once they file a complaint on workplace misconduct. However, you should be aware that retaliating from a sexual harassment complaint is actually an additional ground for a lawsuit. You can also file for a claim with the help of a Human Rights Lawyer when your employer dismisses you from work or when you are requested to take a leave of absence without pay.