Navigating Sexual Harassment Claims in the Workplace

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In light of the recent outpouring of sexual harassment claims within the entertainment industry, many might be left wondering what steps can be taken if they have or are currently dealing with this kind of abuse in the workplace. When deciding whether or not to report the sexual harassment many may not feel safe reporting their claim. Your place of employment may have a human resources department which can address your complaints but many smaller companies may ...

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Hollywood Scrambling after Weinstein Demise Triggers Outpouring of Victims of the Industry

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The way Hollywood treats females within the industry may be shifting. At the very least, many high profile names within the business claim they will no longer be complicit by turning a blind eye and not speaking out against claims of sexual harassment. With the fall of Harvey Weinstein, keeping quiet about alleged abuses of power, once deemed the norm within the industry, is no longer an option. The floodgates have been opened now that the media ...

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Amazon Studio Head Suspended for Sexual Harassment

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Roy Price, a movie executive at Amazon Movie Studios has been suspended over claims of sexual harassment. The interesting bit is that these allegations were not made recently but over two years ago by a producer on the Amazon shows, Isa Hackett. In light of the recent Harvey Weinstein scandal, Mrs. Hackett decided to go public with the fact that she was sexually harassed by Mr. Price two years ago at an event promoting one of her ...

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Sexual Harassment and the Harvey Weinstein Scandal

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Sexual harassment and gender discrimination has long been hinted at within the movie industry but only in recent years have investigations been launched shedding some light onto these accusations. Movie moguls have been known to use their power to coerce female actors into compromising situations that would often lead to unwanted sexual harassment and advances.  Often, these film producers would go as far as to threaten their victims to stay silent about the abuse or risk putting ...

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Prova Pizzabar, Owned by Donatella Arpaia and Mark Geragos, Sued for Sexual Harassment and Retaliation

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On Thursday, October 5, 2017, Fitapelli & Schaffer, LLP filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against Prova Pizzabar, a restaurant located inside Grand Central Station. This popular pizza spot is owned by television personality and restaurateur Donatella Arpaia and celebrity criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos. A female ex-employee of Prova Pizzabar claims she was severely harassed and sexually accosted by a coworker and was then terminated when complaining about it to a supervisor. The lawsuit alleges discrimination based ...

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Chipotle is Sued Once Again for Alleged Sexual Harassment of its Employees

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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has sued Chipotle Mexican Grill accusing them of sexually harassing one of their employees and then retaliating against them. This is not the first time Chipotle has been sued for sexual harassment. Last year, a former teen employee of Chipotle in Texas was awarded $7.6 million. In this instance, a 22-year old male shift manager had to endure verbal and physical sexual harassment by his female general manager.

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Fox News Forces Bill O’Reilly Out Amidst Sexual Harassment Claims

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Fox News has had a tumultuous year dealing with sexual harassment claims in the workplace. Last year several lawsuits were filed against its former Chairman and network CEO Roger Ailes alleging sexual harassment. One of these cases even settled for an astounding $20 million dollars. In the last couple of months the news channel had been dealing a series of sexual harassment lawsuits against its top-rated host, Bill O’Reilly, which prompted an internal investigation that in turn revealed ...

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Former State Assemblyman Vito Lopez Settles Sexual Harassment Case

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A sexual harassment claim filed on behalf of two female former Assembly employees, Victoria Burhans and Chloe Rivera, against their employer, former New York State Assemblyman Vito Lopez, has recently resulted in a tentative settlement agreement (pending approval by state officials) which will see both the state and Lopez himself paying out significant damages.  Specifically, the settlement awards Plaintiffs a total of $580,000 in damages, with $545,000 of that being paid by the state and $45,000 being paid by Lopez.  ...

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