Category Archives: Sexual Harassment

Kavanaugh: Rush to judgement… Again?

It seems that the recent confirmation hearing of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh echoes the 1991 confirmation hearings of Anita Hill, a then Oklahoma law professor, who almost upended the confirmation of Clarence Thomas. Like Hill, Christine Blasey Ford, 51, at first wanted to keep her allegations confidential but felt a duty to report the… Read more »

Is Serena Williams right to claim sexism?

It is easy to draw parallels between the discrimination Serena Williams pointed out in heated dispute during the US Open final and discrimination against women, especially black women, face during their jobs. This past Saturday, during the final, where Naomi Osaka beat Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam champion, Williams became outraged when the umpire, Carlos… Read more »

THE “NEED-TO-KNOW” ON NEW YORK’S NEW SEXUAL HARASSMENT LAWS

In the wake of the #MeToo Movement, New York state and New York city have passed new laws aimed at combating sexual harassment. Each of the laws applies to every employer, regardless of their number of employees. If you are an employee in the state or the city, here are a few points you from… Read more »

EEOC Lawsuit Charging United Airlines with Sexual Harassment and Hostile Work Environment

Sexual harassment in the workplace is a rampant issue as we have seen in the news and on social media. Some of the nation’s most beloved celebrities and public figures have been accused of sexual harassment, and major institutions have even been at the forefront of socio-political discussion as victims continue to  come forward. United… Read more »

Can a Hug Be Considered Sexual Harassment?

The short answer, YES! On June 22, 2018, the United States District Court, Eastern District of New York,  handed down a decision in the case of Batten v. Global Contact Services, LLC, where it ruled that a hug from a supervisor could be actionable conduct under Title VII, the New York State Human Rights Law… Read more »

#MeToo: World Cup Female Commentators

The 2018 World Cup in Russia seems to come with endless surprises and upsets, all bets are out the window. The soccer greats of Argentina, Germany, and Brazil struggled from the beginning, yet underdogs, like Uruguay, Iceland, and England became surprising contenders. Nevertheless, each day that passes since I began to write this article the… Read more »

Florida Sexual Harassment and Hostile Work Environment Case

On February 20, 2018, the Middle District of Florida federal court ruled on a motion to dismiss filed by the defendants in this Florida sexual harassment and hostile work environment case.  (See Robinson v. Hill, 2018 WL 962199, (M.D. Fl. 2018)).  The female plaintiff worked as a manager for one of the defendant corporations.  She… Read more »

First Male Gymnast To Accuse Larry Nassar of Abuse

As if the Larry Nassar saga could not get any worse, a male gymnast has recently come forward, making him the first man to speak out against the disgraced doctor. In 2017 and 2018 Nassar was convicted and sentenced to a life in prison as a serial child molester due to his unspeakable criminal acts while working as… Read more »

Sexual Harassment Myths

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Victims of sexual harassment should not feel embarrassed or ashamed to admit their abuse because of certain myths and stereotypes surrounding it. Such potential stigma or shame should not prevent them from coming forward, nor should any misconceptions about the law.   MYTH: Sexual harassment is a woman’s problem. FALSE: Sexual harassment is not just… Read more »

Sexual Harassment Myths

  Victims of sexual harassment should not feel embarrassed or ashamed to admit their abuse because of certain myths and stereotypes surrounding it. Such potential stigma or shame should not prevent them from coming forward, nor should any misconceptions about the law.   MYTH: Sexual harassment is a woman’s problem. FALSE: Sexual harassment is not… Read more »