It's a story that should have had a happy ending. A young man plays football at a prestigious university. A professional team offers him a spot on their roster. While playing for the team, a newspaper prints a story about how the young man was banned from campus due to false allegations of sexual assault. Shortly after, the professional team cuts him from the roster.
NachtLaw represents several current and former employees of the Michigan Municipal League involved in this story. It is a reminder that sexual comments, emails and behavior, even without sexual touching and requests for sexual favors, may nonetheless support a claim of illegal sexual harassment and discrimination - as well as potential retaliation if one suffers adverse employment consequences for reporting such behavior.
Isn't sexual harassment a thing of the past? Think again. Thirty percent of the charges filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in 2014 related to sex discrimination. A good portion of these alleged sexual harassment or retaliatory discharge.
Sexual harassment at work is illegal, as the town of Alsip, IL found out the hard way. It recently settled a lawsuit, brought by former Treasurer Elizabeth Gonzalez, that accused Mayor Patrick Kitching of making unwanted sexual advances toward her. As the Chicago Tribune reports:
First, remember the old adage, "what you say can and will be used against you." Your child should not cooperate or try to talk his way out of it. He should assume that anything he tells anybody who works for the university could end up in the hands of a police officer and a prosecutor.
Over 32 million people have viewed a video posted on YouTube last week that shows the catcalls and comments that one woman received when she walked around New York City while being videotaped from a camera hidden in a colleague's backpack. In the period of ten hours, the woman - who was dressed in jeans and a crewneck and who didn't speak or make eye contact with passersby - nonetheless received over 100 comments, most along the lines of: "hey Beautiful!" "Hey baby!" and other allusions to her appearance and sexuality. The "compliments" often turned to anger when she didn't respond or failed to acknowledge the men making the catcalls.
The Crosswell-Lexington School District last month agreed to implement significant policy changes with respect to its investigation and handling of allegations of sexual harassment and sexual abuse by school district employees. The policy changes include annual training for school district employees, parents and students on these topics.
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