Two former staffers of Gov. Andrew Cuomo have come forward with allegations of sexual harassment and abuses of power during their time working with the governor. “Governor Andrew Cuomo has created a culture within his administration where sexual harassment and bullying is so pervasive that it is not only condoned but expected. His inappropriate behavior […]
CEO of Victoria’s Secret Parent Company Steps Down after Epstein, Harassment Controversies
Leslie H. Wexner, 82-year-old chief executive of L Brands, is stepping down after widespread criticism of his connections to disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein and the toxic internal culture of lingerie brand Victoria’s Secret. Wexner’s resignation follows L Brands’ announcement that it will be selling a majority share of Victoria’s Secret to Sycamore Partners, a private […]
New York Strengthens Sexual Harassment Laws
On Wednesday, the New York state legislature passed landmark legislation that provide stronger protections for survivors of sexual harassment, making it easier to bring sexual harassment claims forward. Governor Cuomo has promised to sign both bills into law. The first of the two bills removes the standard that harassment in the workplace must be “severe […]
Bangladeshi Teenage Girl Burned to Death After Reporting Sexual Harassment
Nusrat Jahan Rafi, a 19-year-old girl who reported her headmaster for sexual harassment, died on April 10 after being set on fire at school. Nusrat’s death has resulted in protests and outrage on social media. Since her death, police have arrested 15 people, including seven individuals who were allegedly involved in the murder. “None of […]
Congress Introduces BE HEARD Act
The BE HEARD Act, a comprehensive bill meant to address and prevent workplace sexual harassment, was introduced in Congress on Tuesday by Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA), Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), and other co-sponsors. The bill is intended to close loopholes within federal discrimination laws, such as the Civil Rights Act of […]
Congress Finally Passes Updated Sexual Harassment Policy
Yesterday, Congress finally passed a deal to update its sexual harassment policy; the new policy now requires lawmakers to use their own money, not taxpayer funds, to settle suits for workplace sexual harassment. The new policy no longer allows members of Congress to use tax dollars to pay for sexual harassment settlements. Provisions such as […]
Democratic Women’s Working Group and Representatives Condemn New Title IX Rules
Yesterday, the Democratic Women’s Working Group (DWWG), along with Representatives Jackie Speier, Lois Frankel, Brenda Lawrence, and Annie Kuster and 77 House members, sent a letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, urging her to retract her recently proposed rules for Title IX. In the letter, the representatives denounce the proposed rules, calling the rules a […]
New DeVos Rules on Title IX Will Hurt Survivors
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has proposed harmful new regulations that would make it easier for schools to ignore student survivors of sexual violence and sweep allegations of sexual harassment and assault under the rug. Already, 1 in 5 women and 1 in 16 men will be sexually assaulted in college, and around 1 in 4 […]
Almost a Year Later, Sexual Harassment Legislation May Pass
Almost a year after Congress announced plans to pass sexual harassment legislation, Mitch McConnell announced that the legislation can still move forward before 2019. The House passed sexual harassment legislation in February while a weaker version of the bill was passed in the Senate in May. However, the Senate has struggled to negotiate the differences […]
New Bill Addresses Rampant Sexual Harassment on Capitol Hill
Last month, not long after allegations of sexual harassment and assault by several women against U.S. Senate nominee Roy Moore made national news, a group of lawmakers introduced a new bill to address the way in which sexual misconduct on Capitol Hill is handled.
#MeToo Movement Raises Awareness on Sexual Assault and Harassment
The statement “Me too” has spread across internet in the last 48 hours as survivors of sexual assault and harassment take to their social media accounts to raise awareness about the prevalence of violence against women.
Over a Dozen Women Allege Sexual Harassment or Assault by Harvey Weinstein
Over a dozen women have come forward accusing Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment, and multiple women have alleged they were also sexually assaulted by the media mogul. Since the story of Weinstein’s decades long record of sexual harassment was brought to light by the New York Times last week, Weinstein has been fired from the company that bears his name, and four members of his all-male board have resigned.
Sexual Harassment Allegations at Fox News Lead to Ousting of Co-President
Bill Shine, co-president of Fox News and former right-hand man to Roger Ailes, resigned on Monday following renewed public outcry over the sexual harassment allegations that have publicly plagued Fox News for over a year.
Bill O’Reilly is Out
Bill O’Reilly has been forced out of Fox News after widespread national condemnation over sexual harassment allegations led to more than 70 companies pulling their advertisements from The O’Reilly Factor.
More Sexual Harassment Allegations Plague Fox as Advertisers Flee
Ten days ago, the New York Times broke a story about five women to whom 21st Century Fox has paid out around $13 million to address allegations of abuse and sexual harassment at the hands of Fox News star, Bill O’Reilly. In addition to these five women who reached settlements, there have been at least two more who also allege sexual harassment on the part of O’Reilly.
Gretchen Carlson to Testify Before Congress on Arbitration Laws
Former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson will testify before Congress on forced arbitration laws after the election season.
Canadian Police Head Apologizes to Female Officers for Years of Harassment
Yesterday the head of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Bob Paulsen, issued a public apology to hundreds of women who had faced sexual harassment and discrimination while on the force.
Apple’s Inclusive iOS10 Emojis Release Blemished by Company’s Toxic Work Environment
Apple’s highly anticipated release of empowering female emojis has been scarred by the leaking of over 50 pages of emails that reveal the company’s misogynistic work environment.
Protecting NYC Restaurant Workers from Sexual Harassment
Futures Without Violence, a nonprofit working to end violence against women and children around the world, has launched an innovative project that aims to prevent sexual harassment of restaurant workers.
Farmworker Women Awarded $17 Million in Sexual Harassment Suit
In a landmark victory, a federal jury unanimously decided to award a $17 million settlement to five women farmworkers who were subjected to sexual harassment and intimidation.