Several of our most recent posts here have focused on the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace. The reasoning for this intense focus should be evident to our readers: this issue is roiling workplaces throughout the country, from Hollywood to New York City. It seems that every day now there is a new story in the news about a prominent celebrity, business executive or news anchor being accused of inappropriate sexual conduct in the workplace.
Sexual harassment has been occurring in workplaces in Minnesota and throughout the country for a long time, but now it seems this topic is getting much-needed attention in the daily news cycle, both locally and nationwide. High-powered executives, movie producers and even politicians are facing allegations of sexual harassment and abuse in the workplace. Now that these allegations are out in the public light, the next issue needs to be addressed: What should the consequences be for individuals who engage in workplace sexual harassment?
Recent posts here have commented on the current state of discussion regarding sexual harassment and abuse in the workplace, not to mention the significantly increased news coverage that our readers are likely seeing on a daily basis. It seems that this issue is finally getting the attention that is needed to make some changes in workplaces in Minnesota and across the country. Unfortunately, it may take the law some additional time to properly recognize the degree of sexual harassment that can make an employee feel victimized.
Sexual harassment has been in the news quite a bit lately. It seems that the revelations about one particular Hollywood movie producer's behavior have opened the floodgates for allegations of sexual harassment - and even assault - from the movie and television stars whose work we all enjoy. The news makes it apparent that the workplace for those on the West Coast can be a hostile environment.
No one likes to be teased. Many of our readers who have children have likely seen "anti-bullying" commercials when their kids are watching cartoons. In some workplaces, it seems like they should have the same message. And, in some cases, the teasing goes too far, especially when it comes to the type of teasing that is sexual in nature. So, how do our readers know whether or not they have been the subject of sexual harassment, or simple teasing?
Most people in Minnesota probably shake their heads when they hear news reports about sexual harassment occurring in a workplace. After all, haven't we, as a society, come further away than ever before from gender stereotypes and offensive behavior? Unfortunately, the answer is still "no." No matter how much we would like to think that things like sexual harassment at work have faded into the past, these incidents still occur.
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?
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.
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.
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.