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Sexual Harassment Archives

Sex discrimination and sexual harassment in firefighting

Many lines of work in Minnesota are historically dominated by men and have only in recent years come to grips with the problem of sex discrimination. Unfortunately, as these jobs have slowly opened up to female workers, these pioneering women employees have often faced another problem related to discrimination, sexual harassment.

Employers have financial incentive to stop sexual harassment

Many Minnesotans who have been the victims of sexual harassment at work suffer in silence. Often, victims fear that no one will believe them if they report what is really going on, or that no one will do anything about it. They may fear that the powerful forces at their workplace are too entrenched to change anything when an employee reports harassment. But, one thing that gets the attention of an employer is money, and sexual harassment can be very expensive for employers.

Sexual harassment probe of lawmaker's office could spread

Some of the most horrifying sexual harassment cases in Minnesota involve hostile work environments. Unlike cases where an individual supervisor or co-worker is harassing an individual employee, hostile work environment cases involve a culture of harassment where supervisors tolerate or even join in with harassing one or more employees.

U.S. military’s assault problem and workplace sexual harassment

Both Minnesota state law and federal law prohibit co-workers from harassing each other. As a result, many, if not most employers have policies in place that are supposed to prevent sexual harassment and provide ways of reporting it and fixing the problem if and when it does occur.

Ex-employees awarded $20.2 million in sexual harassment suit

Sexual harassment in the workplace has been illegal under Minnesota and federal laws for many years, and most employers have policies in place to prevent it and to punish those who don't abide by the policy. Nonetheless, many employers continue to turn a blind eye to reports of sexual harassment.

New focus on sexual harassment in U.S. military

Minnesota residents may have heard about the increased attention given recently to the issue of sexual assault and sexual harassment in the nation's military. The issue took center stage recently when four former members of the military testified before Congress, telling their stories of being sexually harassed, molested or raped by other service members during their time serving the country.

Mendota Restaurants pays $150,000 for sexual harassment

Mendota Restaurants has been ordered to pay $150,000 to 12 victims who endured sexual harassment by a Taco Bell store manager for over a year. The claim, which had been filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of the victims, included several cases of sexual assault, touching, sexual advances and comments. The EEOC also stated that the victims, most in their teens, had repeatedly complained about the sexual harassment, but the organization either fired them or drove them to resign. According to the lawsuit, the severe intensity of abuse made five of the 12 victims file complaints with the Mendota police department.

Employees earn large settlement in sexual harassment suit

A 14 year long lawsuit centered around allegations of sexual harassment appears to be over after the company sued by workers agreed to settle. According to reports, Carrols Corp., a franchisee of the popular fast food restaurant Burger King, has agreed to pay a group of 89 workers $2.5 million as settlement for sexual harassment in the workplace.

Bank accused of sex and age discrimination against women

Most of our readers know that discrimination of any kind in an employment setting is wrong. With that in mind, it is interesting to see that three female managers have filed a lawsuit alleging breach of contract, age discrimination and sex discrimination against the management of the El Paso Company that acquired the Bank of the Rio Grande. The women claim they were wrongfully terminated and that the bank's CEO said he was pressured to fire them by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

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