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More Companies Ending Forced Arbitration in Wake of Google Walkout

Facebook, Airbnb and eBay have followed the lead of Google in ending forced arbitration for their employees who allege complaints of sexual harassment or misconduct in the workplace. Airbnb’s policy change appears to encompass not just sexual harassment claims, but broader workplace discrimination and harassment claims as well.  Facebook and eBay’s decision to end forced Read More

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Mattress Factory Art Museum Settles Sexual Harassment Claim with Employees

The Mattress Factory art museum has settled claims of sexual harassment with current and former employees. The Mattress Factory acknowledged that its response to reports of sexual harassment by the employees was “inadequate.” The employees alleged that after complaining to management about sexual harassment, they were faced with intimidation and threats of losing their jobs. Read More

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#GirlsToo – An Expansion of the #MeToo movement

In Santa Fe, New Mexico, a local non-profit has started a campaign called #GirlsToo. The campaign’s mission is to bring awareness of the #MeToo movement to young girls, noting that “respect starts young.” Research shows that one in three girls in New Mexico is sexually assaulted before age eighteen. Girls Inc., the founder of the Read More

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Women around the World Facing Endemic of Sexual Harassment in the Garment Industry

Around the world, women in the garment industry are facing an endemic of sexual harassment. The garment industry alone does more than $2 trillion in revenue worldwide and employs millions of workers, the majority of whom are women. While some countries have laws in place prohibiting sexual harassment in the workplace, 59 countries have no Read More

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Hotel Chains Make Effort to Remedy Sexual Harassment

Major hoteliers in the hotel industry have made a pledge to improve industry standards when it comes to workplace sexual harassment and assault. Hoteliers such as Hilton, Hyatt, IHG (which includes Holiday Inn and Intercontinental, among others), Marriott, and Wyndham have signed on to the partnership. The co-founder of the “Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund,” Read More

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Power and Sexual Harassment

In the wake of the #MeToo movement, understanding why sexual harassment occurs so frequently in the workplace has become a topic of interest among many. Ultimately, most sexual harassment comes down to power. Men tend to have the highest-paying jobs in the workplace, even in jobs that predominantly employ women. The power imbalance between men Read More

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Why Subtle Discrimination Creates a Hostile Work Environment

According to a recent article, subtle discrimination – weird looks, avoiding eye contact, staring – can actually be more damaging at times than overt discrimination because the subtle discrimination is low-level and under the radar. Subtle discrimination can be built into a person’s everyday behavioral pattern, and for the person on the receiving end, this Read More

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The Early Aftermath of the #MeToo Movement

It has been about one year since the evolution of the #MeToo movement. During that time, at least 201 high-ranking male executives have been called out on allegations of sexual harassment. A look at their replacements reveals that of the 122 people who have replaced these men, 69 are male and 53 are female. The Read More

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Ernst & Young Faces Another Sexual Harassment Claim

Ernst & Young, one of the “big four” accounting firms, has been hit with another sexual harassment complaint. This newest complaint is the second in a year that alleges the firm has a culture of lewd behavior and discrimination against women. A former female partner claims that her supervisor routinely commented on her breasts, made Read More

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Transgender Discrimination Case Could Be Taken Up by United States Supreme Court

A woman who was fired after notifying her employer that she was transgender may have her case taken up by the United States Supreme Court. In 2013, Aimee Stevens filed a complaint with the EEOC against her employer, alleging she was discriminated against for being transgender and for refusing to conform to sex-based stereotypes. The Read More

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