Sexual harassment in the workplace has been illegal under Minnesota and federal laws for many years, and most employers have policies in place to prevent it and to punish those who don't abide by the policy. Nonetheless, many employers continue to turn a blind eye to reports of sexual harassment.
Hot yoga has been trending for several years now in a nation obsessed with fitness. Hot yoga finds itself in the news once again, but not for its health benefits.
Minnesota residents may have heard about the increased attention given recently to the issue of sexual assault and sexual harassment in the nation's military. The issue took center stage recently when four former members of the military testified before Congress, telling their stories of being sexually harassed, molested or raped by other service members during their time serving the country.
Mendota Restaurants has been ordered to pay $150,000 to 12 victims who endured sexual harassment by a Taco Bell store manager for over a year. The claim, which had been filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of the victims, included several cases of sexual assault, touching, sexual advances and comments. The EEOC also stated that the victims, most in their teens, had repeatedly complained about the sexual harassment, but the organization either fired them or drove them to resign. According to the lawsuit, the severe intensity of abuse made five of the 12 victims file complaints with the Mendota police department.
A 14 year long lawsuit centered around allegations of sexual harassment appears to be over after the company sued by workers agreed to settle. According to reports, Carrols Corp., a franchisee of the popular fast food restaurant Burger King, has agreed to pay a group of 89 workers $2.5 million as settlement for sexual harassment in the workplace.
Most of our readers know that discrimination of any kind in an employment setting is wrong. With that in mind, it is interesting to see that three female managers have filed a lawsuit alleging breach of contract, age discrimination and sex discrimination against the management of the El Paso Company that acquired the Bank of the Rio Grande. The women claim they were wrongfully terminated and that the bank's CEO said he was pressured to fire them by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.
Bartenders at Hilton Minneapolis claimed their female supervisor made unwelcome sexual advances and demanded sexual favors for hotel customers. The supervisor allegedly retaliated against them when they refused.
Working for a venture-capital firm can mean having to be aggressive in a cutthroat environment, regardless of your gender. But if you work for a firm that allegedly considers women to be "buzz kills," it can be understandably hard to get ahead as a woman.