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Sexual Harassment Archives

What is sexual harassment according to the EEOC?

If people are careful, the term "sexual harassment" isn't thrown around lightly in the workplace. After all, accusing a co-worker or manager of sexual harassment could result in disciplinary action, or even termination of employment. But, the fact is that sexual harassment, unfortunately, still occurs in workplaces throughout the country, and in Minnesota. When an employee brings a claim of sexual harassment in the workplace, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is likely to get involved at some point. So, what is sexual harassment, according to the EEOC?

Culture of sexual harassment at Fox News further reported on

By now many of our readers have probably seen the reports - many in national news columns - about the ongoing issues surrounding former Fox News personality Bill O'Reilly. O'Reilly has been at the center of a sexual harassment firestorm at the cable news network, one that recently resulted in his departure from Fox News.

How can you tell if you were subjected to sexual harassment?

Most people in Minnesota probably like to think that "times are changing" and society has moved on from the times when sexual harassment was common in the workplace. But, while there may be fewer instances of sexual harassment today than there were in years past, the unfortunate reality is that it is still an all too common problem in the workplace.

Uber supervisor committed sexual harassment, ex-employee claims

The ride-sharing company Uber is a rising star in the transportation industry, providing people in Minneapolis and cities across the nation with an alternative to traditional buses, light rails and taxi-cabs. However, the company is in hot legal water lately after a former engineer for the business claims that she experienced sexual harassment while working for Uber.

Gretchen Carlson to testify before Congress on sexual harassment

Minnesota native and ex-Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson filed a lawsuit six months ago, alleging that she was sexually harassed by Roger Ailes, who was network chief at the time. Alies was subsequently let go from his job, but not before trying to force the case into arbitration, which would have kept witnesses, including other women reportedly harassed by Alies, from testifying. The case was ultimately resolved in September, to the tune of a $20 million settlement.

How can victims of workplace sexual harassment address the issue?

Being sexually harassed at work can make a person feel scared, angry, humiliated and ashamed. Minnesota workers in such a situation may want to address the issue, but may not know where to start. They may even be wrongfully told that they have no options with regard to ending the harassment. However, that is not true. The following are some steps that victims of sexual harassment in the workplace can take to address the issue and protect their rights.

Despite difficulties, reporting sexual harassment may be worth it

People in Minneapolis may recall the $20 million sexual harassment settlement between Gretchen Carlson, who was working as an anchor for Fox News, and Roger Ailes, who was the Fox News chief at the time of the reported events. Carlson has since announced that she will move on from being a news anchor to advocate against arbitration clauses in many employment contracts that require that sexual harassment claims be resolved in a private manner.

4 Signs You're Being Sexually Harassed In The Workplace

When it comes to sexual harassment in the workplace, many women keep quiet about serious issues rather than risk being viewed as whiner or complainer to colleagues or management. Or perhaps they just aren't sure it counts as sexual harassment so they don't want to speak up because they are afraid they are just being paranoid.

What kinds of sexual harassment might a Minnesota worker face?

Being the victim of sexual harassment while on the job can make your life miserable, and could even lead you to consider quitting your job. Minnesota workers may find that they experience two different kinds of harassment: quid pro quo harassment and hostile work environment harassment.

Minnesota prison warden let go for committing sexual harassment

Allegations of sexual harassment in the workplace need to be taken seriously and be thoroughly investigated and dealt with in an appropriate manner. Offensive sexual comments, inappropriate touching or demanding sexual favors can all lead to a toxic work environment that has a seriously damaging effects on the victim of harassment. It is important to hold those who sexually harass co-workers responsible, including taking the appropriate disciplinary actions.

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