Tagged Articles

#metoo 32 articles

Louis C.K. makes crude jokes about sexual harassment accusations against him

Louis C.K. apparently hasn’t learned his lesson. The comedic actor got caught in the #MeToo riptide in 2017 when he was accused of taking women he worked with into private rooms, taking his clothes off, and asking if he could masturbate in front of them. At the time, he issued a statement, “There is nothing about this that I forgive myself for.” Then he pledged to “step back and take a long time to listen.” But did he really mean it? Nine months after those remarks, Louis C.K. took the stage at New York’s Comedy Cellar riffing on racism and rape ... Read More

Gillette’s #MeToo ad cuts both ways

Gillette, the razor maker, launched a two-minute-long ad in advance of the Super Bowl, hoping to cash in by supporting the #MeToo movement. And while the ad has garnered words of support from advocates like actress Jessica Chastain for bringing tears to her eyes, the video, which has generated more than 14 million views on YouTube, is getting more than twice as many dislikes than likes. Many of the ad viewers are vowing to boycott the razors. “I’m researching every product made by Proctor & Gamble, throwing any I have in the trash, and never buying of them again until ... Read More

Bernie Sanders’ former campaign staffers request meeting to discuss sexual harassment

More than two dozen men and women — all former staffers from Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 2016 campaign for president — signed a letter asking to meet with the Vermont senator to discuss sexual misconduct among staffers. They say they would like to set up policies and discuss the hiring of diverse leadership “to pre-empt the possibility of replicating the predatory culture from the first presidential campaign.” Those who signed the letter ranged from former organizers to top officials within the campaign, some of whom intend to join Sanders’ 2020 campaign should he choose to run. The letter referenced an “untenable ... Read More

App gives ‘safe place’ for employees to report sexual harassment

The #MeToo movement has spawned a mobile app that helps employees document workplace sexual harassment and gives them options when it comes to reporting these incidents to their human resources departments. Vault uses blockchain technology that gives employees a safe space to record harassment. The evidence is stored in a private “vault.” At any time, the worker can choose if or when to send that information directly to his or her HR department. “Think about this like a digital diary or journal that you may have,” says Neta Meidav, CEO of Vault. “If you’ve experienced sexual harassment you can create a ... Read More

Sexual harassment allegations surface months after Sucré chef resigns

In the weeks leading up to executive pasty chef Tariq Hanna’s surprising departure from Sucré, a renowned New Orleans bakery, several female employees complained to company officials that he sexually harassed them, according to the Times-Picayune. The news surfaced four months after Hanna – co-founder and part-owner of the company – resigned saying simply that “I started to lose my creative juices.” Even Hans Baumann, Sucré’s CEO, offered no explanation for Hanna’s departure in a brief letter sent to the company’s 80 employees spread over three New Orleans-area stores, a kitchen, a restaurant and wholesale business of branded products. But ... Read More

Majority of those who report workplace harassment face job loss, retaliation

More than two thirds of employees who file a sexual harassment complaint get fired or are retaliated against by their employers, according to a new study by the University of Massachusetts Amherst Center for Employment Equity. The study involved an analysis of more than 46,000 sexual harassment claims made between 2012 and 2016 – before the #MeToo movement took hold last year. The claims were registered with either the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or the Massachusetts Fair Employment Practices. Researchers found that of the people who filed a sexual harassment claim against their employers, more than 64 percent ... Read More

After much negotiation, Congress passes sexual harassment bill

After nearly a year of negotiations prompted by the #MeToo movement and highlighted by a battery of lawmaker resignations, the House and Senate overwhelmingly passed legislation to address the issue of sexual harassment in Congress. The measure updates the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995, and holds lawmakers financially responsible for any settlements made to resolve sexual harassment allegations. It also eases the process for congressional employees to report inappropriate behavior and adds more transparency to any settlements made to resolve such claims. “We believe this is a strong step toward creating a new standard in Congress that will set a ... Read More

Investigation reveals another sexual harassment settlement at CBS

A deeper look into CBS Corporation by attorneys hired by the Board of Directors in the wake of CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves’ departure amid sexual harassment allegations has revealed another cover up. In March 2017, actress Eliza Dushku, who was in line to be a major cast member in the CBS prime-time drama “Bull,” accused the show’s star Michael Weatherly of retaliation after she confronted him about his lewd behavior on the set. After mediation with the company, CBS agreed to a confidential settlement that would pay Dushku $9.5 million – about as much as she would have made ... Read More

Former USC gynecologist kept photos of naked patients in storage unit

Last spring, Los Angeles police launched an investigation into sexual assault claims against University of Southern California (USC) gynecologist Dr. George Tydall. Several former and current female students had reported that he had inappropriately touched them, unnecessarily penetrated them with his hands, made lewd comments, and photographed them while they were at his office for medical exams. The investigation became one of the largest – if not the largest – sex crimes investigations involving an individual in the Los Angeles Police Department’s history. As part of their investigation, police began following the former gynecologist, noting that on two occasions Tydall, ... Read More

College takes action against deceased professor accused of sexual misconduct

Claims of sexual misconduct and harassment against college and university professors seem to be surfacing more since the #MeToo movement took hold. Last month, a lawsuit was filed against Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, by a group of women who claimed three psychology professors made inappropriate advances toward them, publicly groped them, and even coerced them into engaging in sexual relations. All three professors were put on paid leave and had their access to campus restricted by the college as the school conducts an investigation into the claims. But what if the professor being accused is dead? Such is ... Read More