workplace harassment News

More States Now Mandate Employee Training to Prevent Sexual Harassment

Two years into the #MeToo movement, an unprecedented number of American workers are required to receive mandatory sexual harassment training, the result of a handful of new state regulations aimed at creating safer workplaces. Now one in five workers in …

Local Officials from Across U.S. Pressure McDonald’s on Workplace Harassment Policies

Scores of local government officials from 31 U.S. states pressured McDonald’s Corp.’s on Thursday to do a better job of protecting workers from groping, obscene comments and other forms of sexual harassment, adding their voices to an employee-led campaign that …

After 20K Employees Protest, Google Searches for New Harassment Policies

Alphabet Inc.’s Google said on Thursday it would change the way it handles sexual harassment claims, a week after 20,000 of its workers around the world walked off their jobs to protest its response to such issues. Arbitration will become …

McDonald’s Workers in Several Cities Rally Against Sex Harassment

McDonald’s workers staged protests in several cities Tuesday in what organizers billed as the first multistate strike seeking to combat sexual harassment in the workplace. In Chicago, one of the targeted cities, several dozen protesters rallied in front of McDonald’s …

Major Hotels Agree to Provide Staff with Panic Buttons to Fight Harassment

Major hotel chains including Marriott International Inc and Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. said on Thursday they are arming U.S. employees with panic buttons to fight sexual harassment and crime, an about-face for an industry that has opposed the idea for …

Gender, Seniority Key Factors in Workplace Harassment: Hiscox Survey

More than one-third (35 percent) of employees in the U.S. feel they’ve experienced workplace harassment, and half of them believe it was due to their gender. A study released by specialty insurer Hiscox also found that 78 percent of those …

How Nondisclosure Agreements Protect Bosses Like Weinstein

A first-year associate at a Manhattan law firm brought her complaint of sexual harassment to the managing partner. Her male boss, she said, had told her to take off her clothing. After months during which she continued to work for …

North Dakota Company Settles Racial Discrimination Suit for $250K

A Williston, N.D.-based oil field service company will pay $250,000 to a worker it fired after he complained of harassment to settle a discrimination and retaliation lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The lawsuit filed a year …

Supreme Court Limits Workplace Harassment, Retaliation Claims

The U.S. Supreme Court put new limits on lawsuits claiming on-the-job harassment, throwing out a case filed by a black catering worker who said a colleague slapped her and used racial epithets. The justices, voting 5-4, said the alleged harasser …

Workplace Bullying Emerging As Major Employment Liability Battleground

Margaret Fiester is no shrinking violet, but she says working for her former boss was a nightmare. “One day I didn’t do something right and she actually laid her hands on me and got up in my face and started …