Last week, we talked about sexual harassment prevention and how companies that provide this training are getting far more requests than ever before. This coincides with the expanding national discussion about sexual assault and sexual harassment in the workplace, and it is important to see this matter to cause some genuine movement towards progress.
We live in a completely different era when it comes to sexual harassment in the workplace and the awareness that people have of this critical issue. Before, sexual harassment was still something that companies addressed, even if it wasn't enough. Now, with the #MeToo movement and a number of high-profile sexual harassment and sexual assault cases bringing eyes to the matter (including Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, Donald Trump, Bill Cosby, Louis CK, and many others), there is a palpable feeling in the air that something is finally changing.
Vice Media, which was founded in 2011 to much fanfare and has been a lightning rod company in recent months, recently placed two high-ranking employees on leave after sexual harassment claims were levied against them. In addition, the work atmosphere at Vice has come under scrutiny for being a "boys club" and that it was particularly harsh to 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.
Sexual harassment is a prevalent issue in the hospitality industry, particularly for housekeepers. As a housekeeper, you are frequently alone in guest rooms. This can lead to predatory visitors taking advantage of the situation. In fact, there is a report that eight out of 10 hotel workers experience harassment on the job. It is important for you to recognize the risks of sexual harassment and how you can avoid threatening situations.
Some major news came out of Ford recently, as the motor vehicle company released a statement saying that they had settled a sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuit recently to the tune of $10.1 million. As part of the settlement, the company agreed to improved employee training and to bolster their sexual harassment policies and anti-discrimination policies.
Florida is home to many hardworking citizens. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are over 10,140,000 people who are part of the civilian workforce in the state.
You would think that, with it being the year 2017, we would have rid ourselves of the scourge that is sexual harassment in the workplace. However, that simply isn't the case. There are myriad news stories out there that show women (and some men) are being sexually harassed at work. A survey in the United Kingdom found that 40 percent of barristers (lawyers) reported being sexually harassed or discriminated against in their workplace.
An interesting sexual harassment lawsuit has been settled, and the original complaint exemplifies how sexual harassment in this increasing-connected world can occur in many different ways.
A major development in the ongoing investigation into the workplace environment at Uber has been revealed. A man who says he was speaking up on behalf of numerous women on his team when he alerted Uber's human resources department about ongoing sexual harassment the women were facing, was fired shortly after he raised the concern. He hasn't worked for Uber since March 2016. Since then, Uber's workplace has come under fire as many accounts of sexual harassment, sex discrimination and hostility have come to light.