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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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Former UConn Men’s Basketball Coach Files Race Discrimination Lawsuit

Kevin Ollie, the former UConn Men’s Basketball Coach who led the Huskies to a national championship title in 2014, has filed a lawsuit alleging race discrimination against the university. Ollie alleges he was subject to disparate treatment because his predecessor, Jim Calhoun, was allowed to keep his job as head coach despite committing similar recruiting 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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Legal Profession Rife with Sexual Harassment

According to a new survey, the legal profession is (still) rife with sexual harassment. A survey of more than 8,000 job-seekers by ZipRecruiter found that while 40 percent of women respondents said they had encountered sexual harassment on the job, 59 percent of females who work for a law firm reported such behavior. The practice Read More

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Hollywood Unions Band Together to Combat Sexual Harassment

A number of Hollywood unions have joined together in a pledge to combat sexual harassment. Those unions included SAG-AFTRA, Actors Equity, the Directors Guild of America, the Writes Guild of America East, and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. These unions have pledged to share contract language, training resources, codes of conduct, and best Read More

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Impact of the #MeToo Movement

The #MeToo movement has made a significant impact on workplace harassment laws. Not only are federal, state and local governments working to improve workplace cultures so that sexual harassers are exposed and victims feel more comfortable speaking up, but so are major, well-known companies doing the same. For example, the #MeToo movement has brought a Read More

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Oregon Lawmakers Seeking Employment Protections for Marijuana Users

Oregon lawmakers are considering whether to make it illegal for businesses to fire employees who fail drug tests for using marijuana off the clock. This initiative will revive a failed campaign to implement this law in 2017. The proposed bill will likely also include protection for job seekers who use legal substances like marijuana. This Read More

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Former Dean of University of Richmond, VA Sues for Gender Discrimination

A former associate dean of the University of Richmond, Virginia, has sued the college for gender discrimination. The female dean was a professor in the mathematics department since 1994. She alleges that in 2016, the college appointed a male as dean of the School of Arts and Sciences of gender discrimination. In 2017, she was Read More

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