Sexual harassment is in the headlines because of the Harvey Weinstein controversy. The fact that such disgusting behavior is being brought to light is important. It is time for everyone to confront sexual harassment at the workplace and confront the Weinstein's of the world.
In our last post, we talked about Harvey Weinstein and the despicable sexual harassment he levied onto women in the film industry. In the post before that, we talked about wrongful termination and how the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing Whole Foods for a seemingly-illegal firing. And the post before that, we discussed a discriminatory pay policy at Google that has led to a class action lawsuit by numerous women.
For today's post, we aren't even going to use a source article because it doesn't need one. All we need to say is two words: Harvey Weinstein. You need not do anything else other than type those two words into Google and you will know all of the horror stories that have plagued women in the acting industry for decades. The news coverage is inescapable, and for good reason. This was an "open secret" -- a phrase that is terrifyingly common in these stories -- and finally Weinstein is receiving backlash for his disgusting behavior.
Whole Foods has been sued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) after they fired a cashier that has a genetic disorder that caused cysts to grow on her kidneys. She had worked at Whole Foods since 2005 and was fired in 2015 after she missed two days of work when she was in the hospital due to her condition. In 2009, she received a kidney transplant to help with the condition.
Three women have filed a lawsuit against Google after they claimed to have been paid less than their male counterparts while doing the same amount and level of work. Additionally, the women claim that they were placed on lower job ladders. The allegations are very serious, and the lawsuit seeks class action status for other women who worked at Google over the last four years.
Going to work may be difficult some days, but at the very least, you should be able to count on feeling safe and comfortable at work. You should be in your office and have the feeling that no other employee is judging you or discriminating against you based on any factor. Unfortunately, this doesn't always happen, and as a result plenty of employees are discriminated against every day in the United States.