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McDonald’s workers strike in ten cities to end sexual harassment

On September 18, 2018, McDonald’s employees walked off the job to protest the company’s lack of protections against workplace harassment in ten cities, including workers for the fast food chain in San Francisco. The strike is the first specifically targeting sexual harassment and the #metoo movement that has built in intensity since last year.

Top hotel chains step up sexual assault prevention

The hospitality industry has become rampant with sexual harassment cases over the years. In January, studies show that nearly 90 percent of hospitality workers have experienced some form of sexual harassment during their job. Some of the more vulnerable employees in this field operate in hotels. Since these buildings are often tall and have many individual rooms, it can be easy to become a victim in this type of environment.

In an effort to make their environments safer, the top earning hotel chains in the nation such as Marriott, Hyatt and Hilton decided that they are going to give the workers at the thousands of their hotels panic buttons to alert of any sexual harassment dangers. This remarkable decision will have a massive impact among those who often face abuse in California hotels.

New bill that requires small business harassment training passes

In the wake of the #MeToo movement, the California legislature has recently chosen to pass numerous bills to minimize the amount of sexual assault and harassment in the workplace. Many of these bills are on their way to the governor’s desk for final approval before they become laws.

One of these bills the legislature chose to pass was Senator Holly Mitchell’s Senate Bill 1343. This bill would expand the amount of companies required to instruct their employers in sexual harassment training. Small businesses in California need to be aware of the implications this could have on their company.

Uber pays up for sexual harassment

As ride sharing has become substantially popular within the last couple of years, the amount of job openings for these companies continues to increase. While this may be beneficial for many that are struggling in their job search, it does give these corporations a higher amount of responsibility to make sure all of their workers receive fair treatment.

Unfortunately, one of the more popular services has faltered in this area. In the last few years, they have received multiple complaints about sexual harassment as well as gender and race discrimination. After dealing with hundreds of victim claims, it looks like they are finally ready to pay for their mistakes.

Workplace sexual harassment impacts on young professionals

Workplace sexual harassment stories have come to light in recent years, thanks in part to the #Metoo movement. But, for young professionals entering the workforce, it may still be difficult to distinguish and handle sexual harassment incidents.

Read on to learn about some of the effects sexual harassment can have on young employees who are new to navigating the workplace.

Sexual harassment is rampant in the agricultural industry

Sexual harassment has been plaguing many industries in the last century. While most the reported cases in the news tend to be from massive corporations, restaurants or famous actors, farm workers can experience just as much trouble but are often not covered.

The agricultural industry has several aspects that set it apart from other jobs that can result in sexual harassment cases. If you or a loved one is involved in this line of work, you should be aware of how managers or employers abuse their power to harass or sexually exploit other farm workers.

#Metoo and the shifting power-differential

A power-differential is best described through the visualization of a hierarchy: the higher you are in whatever organizational setting, the more influence you have on those below you. Academia is hierarchical by nature, with the professors holding significantly more power than their students. This is one reason that we see so many cases of sexual harassment and assault at the hands of college professors.

In March of this year, UCLA professor Gabriel Piterberg lost his job due to accusations of sexual harassment. Putting this event in place of the larger social context helps explain the shifting power structure.

How speaking up against sexual harassment can make a difference

You finally get a gig you like. There is just one problem. The supervisor keeps commenting on your appearance. This makes you feel uncomfortable.

You feel it is not professional but you do not want to make a big deal about it. Then it happens again. You have no idea what to do. You think to yourself, “is this the status quo?”

What to do when you’re sexually harassed on the job

So you've been on the job for a couple months. You exchange numbers with one of your managers to talk about a shift you need changed. He seems nice enough. While you’re both working he keeps sending you explicit sexual jokes that make you feel uncomfortable. You ask him to stop, but he tells you to lighten up and keeps sending them to you. Your feeling of safety vanishes.

What can you do? You need this job and you’ve worked hard for it, but it’ll only hurt you mentally and emotionally if this harassment keeps up. Here are some steps to take:

Food service harassment par for the course?

Working in food service can be stressful. Not only is it a busy environment, where speed matters and customers are going to be rude no matter what you do, there is also the pressure of working for tips.

Customers are unpredictable. You never know what you’re going to do that will impact the tip they decide to give at the end of the meal.

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