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Silicon Valley’s Wild West Culture Makes It Harder To Root Out Sexual Misconduct

Dec 7, 2017 / Media Coverage
Women in tech tell BuzzFeed News that startups’ deprioritization of human resources leaves employees vulnerable. Dozens of tech industry workers responding to a recent BuzzFeed News survey on sexism and harassment said their employers failed to help them resolve the issue. Many of these respondents said sexual harassment went unaddressed because there was no human resources department or higher authority to report it to. Others didn’t report harassment because they feared retribution, or simply because they thought it would do no good. And most of those who did report harassment said they...
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Memo To Drunk, Handsy Coworkers At the Office Holiday Party: You're Still Legally Accountable For Your Actions

Dec 4, 2017 / Media Coverage
With the recent barrage of sexual harassment allegations flooding the news, many companies are re-evaluating whether alcohol-fueled work celebrations are a good idea. In fact, the 2017 Holiday Party Survey Report found that fewer companies will be serving alcohol at their holiday parties this year: just 47.8%, down from nearly 62% last year. Some are calling this the "Weinstein effect." However, focusing on alcohol misses the problem, according to Nina Frank , who handles employee-based harassment cases at the New York law firm Outten and Golden. “I don't think I can say this often enough:...
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Boss Grab Your Breasts? That’s Not (Legally) Harassment

Nov 30, 2017 / Media Coverage
In a case that went to federal court in the early 1990s, a woman presented evidence that her supervisor tried to kiss her on multiple occasions, placed “I love you” signs on her desk, called her a dumb blonde, put his hands on her shoulders and asked her out on dates. The trial court judge dismissed her suit, declaring that this conduct did not meet the threshold for sexual harassment, and the appeals court affirmed the dismissal. Since then, courts have cited this case and others like it hundreds of times in rejecting sexual harassment claims. Such conduct, these courts have declared, is not...
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Harassment cases start hitting New York companies

Nov 20, 2017 / Media Coverage
After a well-known chef tried but failed to drag Rachel Waynberg, then a 27-year-old restaurant marketer, into the bathroom at a party, he still bragged to everyone around that he'd had sex with her. Last year, as Iman Oubou, the founder of Swaay, a new-media company for women entrepreneurs, wrapped up her first-ever investment meeting, the potential backer suggested they could "seal the deal" in his hotel room. When Amy Rose Spiegel, the editor-in-chief at Brooklyn-based Talkhouse Media, was 19 and interning at Death & Taxes seven years ago, co-founder Stephen Rockwell harassed her and...
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If Hollywood stars really want to fight harassment, here’s how they can start

Nov 15, 2017 / Media Coverage
The sexual harassment and sexual-assault stories currently roiling the entertainment industry have stars and fans in a fighting mood. So it was no surprise when Gal Gadot’s contract negotiations made headlines. Gadot, whose Wonder Woman is the lone real breakout superhero of the DC movie franchise, reportedly declared that she wouldn’t sign for future installments unless the movies were no longer financed by RatPac-Dune Entertainment. RatPac is co-founded by director and producer Brett Ratner, who has been accused of sexual harassment and sexual assault by a number of women. Ratner’s...
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The Workplace After Harvey Weinstein: Harassment Scandals Prompt Rapid Changes

Nov 10, 2017 / Media Coverage
Top brass at advertising giant Interpublic Group of Co s. told its 20,000 U.S. employees last week they had until year’s end to complete sexual-harassment training. The session quizzes employees on what to do when a co-worker discusses weekend sexual exploits at work or comes on to a colleague’s girlfriend after hours. IPG doesn’t have a harassment scandal. Chief Executive Michael Roth told his board he fast-tracked announcing the mandatory training, a board member says, in response to high-profile harassment allegations in Hollywood and media. “Women are crucial to our business and our...
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How Anita Hill forever changed the way we talk about sexual harassment

Nov 9, 2017 / Media Coverage
Before Harvey Weinstein, before Roger Ailes, before #metoo -- there was Anita Hill. In October 1991, Hill testified about sexual harassment she allegedly endured from Clarence Thomas, her former boss at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and then a Supreme Court nominee. Before an all-male Senate Judiciary Committee, she recounted the allegations, sparking a national conversation about sexual harassment: what it is, how it's defined and whom it affects. Thomas was eventually confirmed to the Supreme Court. But after Hill stepped into the spotlight in 1991, her experience forever...
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Can Tech Workers Complain About Sexual Harassment? Depends What They Signed.

Nov 9, 2017 / Media Coverage
One key obstacle to understanding the scope of sexual harassment and discrimination in Silicon Valley is the culture of employment agreements, non-disparagement clauses, and ironclad settlements that keep everything from product plans to allegations of abuse under wraps. But amid growing concern about sexual harassment in key American industries, iconic tech companies like Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and Uber are largely silent about legal agreements that might hamper their employees' ability to publicly discuss sexual harassment in the workplace, a position that reflects the...
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The ‘Click’ Moment: How the Weinstein Scandal Unleashed a Tsunami

Nov 5, 2017 / Media Coverage
In 1991, women wore “I Believe Anita” buttons. Now they post #metoo. Social media, famous accusers and generational change add up to a profound shift. Forty years ago this month, Ms. magazine put sexual harassment on its cover for the first time. Understanding the sensitivity of the topic, the editors used puppets for the cover image — a male hand reaching into a woman’s blouse — rather than a photograph. It was banned from some supermarkets nonetheless. In 1977, the term sexual harassment had not been defined in the law and had barely entered the public lexicon. And yet, to read that Ms...
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