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Protesters still unsatisfied with Google’s response to walkout

Multinational companies that house thousands of employees have a major responsibility in ensuring that all workers receive fair treatment. While all organizations should have this duty, any mishandling of employee concerns can spread the news to the public quickly if it is a household name such as Google.

At the beginning of November, nearly 20,000 employees of the iconic technology company participated in a worldwide walkout. This was in response to the company’s poor handling of harassment and discrimination cases after reports of sexual misconduct by one of the company’s major contributors came to light. A week after the walkout, Google has reportedly made some changes to their way of handling harassment accusations, but some of the people who walked out are unsatisfied that all of their requests are not being met.

Professor’s harassment investigation highlights college secrecy

College professors are essential towards developing a young adult’s education and life choices. Unfortunately, not all developments have been positive ones. Sexual harassment continues to be a problem at many universities despite the many warnings that the campuses give and the effect of the #MeToo movement.

Recently, the students at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) found out that one of their former professors left after sexual harassment allegations. While they were upset at the professor for his actions, they were also angry with the college for withholding this information about the teacher’s departure for over a year. This brings about a frequent issue that many colleges have faced for decades even before the #MeToo movement happened.

California enforces harassment laws for entertainment industry

While nearly every job field has experienced problems with sexual harassment in some form, the entertainment industry has become one of the most notorious within the last few years. The beginning of the #MeToo movement primarily came from workers facing sexual harassment from producers and actors.

Being the home of Hollywood and so many beloved performers, California needed to take more measures to prevent further sexual harassment. The safety concerns of these hard workers were kept in mind when the state lawmakers were designing these bills that were recently passed by Governor Jerry Brown.

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.

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