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Tech Industry Still Rampant with Sexual Harassment

Even with the progress of the #MeToo movement over the last year, the tech industry still remains rampant with sexual harassment claims. As of a survey done in November 2018, one-third of women in the tech industry say they have received or witnessed unwelcome physical contact in the last year. Over the last five years, Read More

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Employee Walkout at Google Leads to Sexual Misconduct Overhaul

There is power in numbers, even against major companies like Google. In early November 2018, more than 20,000 employees staged a walkout to protest how Google handles cases of sexual misconduct. In response, Google is overhauling its practice of forced arbitration for claims of sexual assault or harassment. Arbitration is a legal process that bypasses Read More

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Colorado State Senator Retires Amidst Sexual Harassment Allegations

A Colorado State Senator accused of sexual harassment has retired from office. Senator Randy Baumgartner was accused of groping a former legislative aide in 2016. An independent investigation found the allegations to be credible. Accusations also arose that Baumgartner created a hostile work environment. The senate stripped him of several committee posts following these allegations. Read More

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Bronx DA Employee Alleges Sexual Harassment by Co-Worker

A Bronx District Attorney employee alleges that she was sexually harassed by a male co-worker in retaliation for her report that employees were consuming alcohol on the job and that prosecutors were having affairs with one another. She alleges that her colleague became “very obsessed” with her and displayed his obsession by staying late to Read More

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San Francisco Whole Foods Employee Claims Retaliation for Reporting Sexual Harassment

A Whole Foods employee in San Francisco alleges that within days of reporting sexual harassment, she was terminated from employment. In the lawsuit, the employee, a female, alleges her male supervisor began making inappropriate sexual comments shortly after her employment began. She also alleges in the lawsuit that on one occasion the supervisor sent her Read More

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Southern University Claims Zero Tolerance Policy on Sexual Harassment, But Still Allows Alleged Harasser to Remain Chancellor-Dean

A news station in Louisiana has obtained access to an internal document at Southern University, which states that the school has a zero tolerance policy regarding sexual harassment. The memo, authored by Southern University System President Ray Belton, acknowledges that women protested on campus recently following news that Chancellor-Dean Bobby Phills would be allowed to Read More

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Nevada Governor Orders Task Force on Sexual Harassment

Nevada’s new governor has signed an executive order for a task force on sexual harassment.The task force will review federal and state sexual harassment laws, regulations, and policies, as well as prevention plans and the training in place now. The task force will offer recommendations to the Governor to improve prevention plans and training procedures, Read More

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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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Many States Implementing New Sexual Harassment Laws in 2019

In an ongoing response to the #MeToo movement, many states are implementing new laws in 2019 to combat sexual harassment in the workplace. In California, the use of confidential settlements in sexual abuse and harassment cases will become a thing of the past. Settlements will now be required to identify the accused harasser. California is Read More

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