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Supreme Court Ruling Devastating to Public Worker Unions

 

Throughout this country, labor unions play a powerful and positive role in improving conditions in the workplace, protecting workers’ rights, and ensuring pay equality for their members. America’s unions represent millions of public employees, including nurses, firefighters, social workers, and more. In fact, nearly half of all union members in the United States are public […]

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Sexual Harassment and Low-Wage Workers

 

Recently, sexual harassment at work has made headlines. Although the MeToo Movement has focused primarily on the experiences of those in Hollywood, those who have the most to lose by sexual harassment at work are low-wage workers. There may be more than meets the eye with low-wage workers that have wage claims against their employers. […]

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Sexual Harassment Affects Companies and Employees

 

With the MeToo movement in full force, companies of all sizes are scrambling to update their sexual harassment and discrimination policies. Adding or improving employee training courses are also a new priority. A sexual harassment charge can fatally damage a company’s reputation. Harvard Business Review published the results of a recent study on how sexual […]

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Is Power a Trigger for Sexual Harassment?

 

With the evolution of the MeToo movement, it is evident that sexual harassment is at an all-time high in the workplace. It has been stated that power affects people in three aspects of psychological functioning, including how information is processed, how emotions are experienced, and how behavior is exemplified due to the consequence. Many times, […]

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Surge in Sexual Harassment Complaints

 

Last October, when both the New York Times and The New Yorker published stories about Harvey Weinstein allegedly raping, assaulting, and sexually harassing several women, it propelled a nationwide backlash against workplace sexual harassment. Weinstein, an enormously successful film producer, was originally accused by more than a dozen women, but the numbers quickly grew as […]

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Legal Barriers Prevent Sexual Harassment Reports

 

While there is no question that sexual harassment is pervasive in many workplaces, it is also underreported. Only one in four women experiencing sexual harassment on the job report the issue to their employer. The following are legal barriers that may prevent 75 percent of sexually harassed women from reporting it, all defined by the […]

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Arbitration Act Waives the Collective Rights of Employees

 

In 1988, 15 women in a ground-breaking case filed a class-action sexual harassment suit against the Eveleth Taconite mine in Minnesota. They sued Eveleth Taconite on the grounds of a hostile work environment, which included abusive language, threats, and stalking. The employees settled for $3.5 million. Almost two decades later, in a Supreme Court case […]

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CBS CEO Les Moonves Faces Sexual Misconduct Allegations

 

Les Moonves, CEO of CBS, faces sexual misconduct allegations after incidents reported by six different women. The allegations took place between the 1980s and early 2000s involving Moonves and actresses, writers, and producers who dealt with him in professional capacities. Four women describe forced touching and kissing while at business meetings with the CEO. Two […]

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Cheerleader Sues Team Over Unfair Pay

 

Winning a spot on a major sports team’s cheerleading squad is the pinnacle of success for a hopeful cheerleader. The women who aspire to this dream may have worked their entire lives preparing for the role. Most of them probably participated in many years of dance or gymnastics classes to develop the grace, agility, and […]

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Protecting Yourself from Sexual Harassment at Work

 

Those that experience sexual harassment in the workplace feel embarrassed, traumatized, shocked, and confused. They may not even realize what has happened until afterwards. At that point, they may be unsure about how to handle it. Many are afraid to report it for fear of losing their jobs. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act […]

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