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How Congress plays by different rules on sexual harassment and misconduct - The Washington Post
Under a law in place since 1995, accusers may file lawsuits only if they first agree to go through months of counseling and mediation. A special congressional office is charged with trying to resolve the cases out of court.

When settlements do occur, members do not pay them from their own office funds, a requirement in other federal agencies. Instead, the confidential payments come out of a special U.S. Treasury fund.
Sexualharrassment  newsletter 
18 days ago by brycecovert
Why Your HR Department Can't Stop Sexual Harassment - Bloomberg
Three-quarters of HR managers are women, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and that means alarms over harassment might be met with skepticism by male-dominated leadership.
Sexualharrassment  newsletter 
18 days ago by brycecovert
Sexual Harassment Law Was Shaped by the Battles of Black Women | The Nation
Robinson, one of the lawyers who argued Brown v. Board of Education before the Supreme Court, issued precedent-setting rulings in favor of Barnes, Bundy, and Vinson, and served on the judicial panel that upheld the ruling favorable to Williams. Thanks to Norton, Robinson, and other civil-rights lawyers, sexual harassment came to be regarded as a form of discrimination similar to—and, for black women with white harassers, an expression of—racism.
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25 days ago by brycecovert
They thought they were going to rehab. They ended up in chicken plants | Reveal
Drug court defendants have waited up to nine months for a bed in a residential treatment facility, meanwhile relapsing or languishing in jail. As a result, some courts turn to uncertified programs such as CAAIR, even though it might violate the law, according to the law’s authors.
newsletter  drugs  bail 
28 days ago by brycecovert
From Aggressive Overtures to Sexual Assault: Harvey Weinstein’s Accusers Tell Their Stories | The New Yorker
For more than twenty years, Weinstein has also been trailed by rumors of sexual harassment and assault.

Weinstein and his associates used nondisclosure agreements, monetary payoffs, and legal threats to suppress these myriad stories.

numerous people throughout the companies fully aware of his behavior but either abetting it or looking the other way

According to a source close to the matter, after the D.A.’s office decided not to press charges, Gutierrez, facing Weinstein’s legal team, and in return for a payment, signed a highly restrictive nondisclosure agreement with Weinstein, including an affidavit stating that the acts Weinstein admits to in the recording never happened.
Weinstein’s use of such settlements was reported by the Times and confirmed to me by numerous sources. A former employee with firsthand knowledge of two settlement negotiations that took place in London in the nineteen-nineties recalled, “It felt like David versus Goliath . . . the guy with all the money and the power flexing his muscle and quashing the allegations and getting rid of them.”
Sexualharrassment  newsletter 
5 weeks ago by brycecovert
Why the Weinstein Sexual Harassment Allegations Came Out Now
He supposedly had every employee sign elaborate, binding non-disclosure agreements.

Recent years have seen scores of women, finding strength and some kind of power in numbers, come forward and tell their stories about Bill Cosby, Roger Ailes, Bill O’Reilly, Donald Trump. In all of those cases, as in this case, the history of allegations has been an almost wholly open secret, sometimes even having been reported in major outlets, and yet somehow ignored, allowed to pass, unconsidered.
Sexualharrassment  newsletter 
5 weeks ago by brycecovert
This Is What It's Like To Lose Your Job Because Of A Hurricane | HuffPost
More than half a million people lost their jobs after hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and there was an increase in applicants for both regular unemployment insurance and DUA benefits, according to a 2007 Government Accountability Office report.
newsletter  unemployment 
10 weeks ago by brycecovert
Even After the Glass Ceiling Yields, Female Executives Find Shaky Ground - The New York Times
Researchers at Utah State University concluded in a report last year that women were more likely than men to be promoted to the top job of a troubled company. And then, the researchers found, the women “often lacked the support or authority” to make the kind of changes the company needed, leading to shorter tenures.

Female chief executives in their first year on the job were also 34 percent more likely to be targeted by an activist investor agitating for a change in strategy, a separate study by an Arizona State University researcher found. In looking at all chief executive appointments from 2003 to 2013, the researcher found that one in four women had led companies that had landed in the cross hairs of such investors.
newsletter  glasscliff 
august 2017 by brycecovert
The Universal Phenomenon of Men Interrupting Women - The New York Times
Victoria L. Brescoll, associate professor of organizational behavior at the Yale School of Management, published a paper in 2012 showing that men with power talked more in the Senate, which was not the case for women. Another study, “Can an Angry Woman Get Ahead?” concluded that men who became angry were rewarded, but that angry women were seen as incompetent and unworthy of power in the workplace.
newsletter  womenworkers 
june 2017 by brycecovert
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