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December 2019 Archives

Most workplace sexual violence attributed to nonauthority figures

Both men and women in Missouri might experience sexual harassment in the workplace. One study found that sexual harassment affected 1 in 18 women and 1 in 40 men. Authority figures, like supervisors, managers and owners, were not the only people responsible for harassing employees. Co-workers, customers and clients frequently represent the sources of unwanted sexual verbal harassment, sexual contact or assault. Researchers who surveyed victims asked them whether authority or nonauthority figures had harassed them. Among women, harassers were twice as likely to be nonauthority figures than people with direct power over them at work.

Uber settles sexual harassment claim for $4.4 million

Many people in Missouri use Uber ridesharing for their transportation needs. In 2017, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued Uber for sex discrimination and retaliation. After the EEOC conducted an investigation into the allegations, Uber agreed to a settlement with a $4.4 million fine. Money from the settlement will be dispersed among Uber drivers who have experienced sexual harassment or retaliation from Jan. 1, 2014 to June 30, 2019.

DOL says Fashion Nova owes factory workers millions in back pay

People in Missouri following fashion influencers on Instagram have likely heard about Fashion Nova. The clothing brand styles its clothing as affordable and sexy for real women, but an investigation of the company by the U.S. Department of Labor has found widespread wage and hour law violations. The factory workers making the clothing in Los Angeles reportedly receive very low pay, such as $270 for a 60-hour work week. Some people only earn wages that total $2.77 to $3.46 an hour.

Sexual harassment case filed by male Chipotle worker is settled

Despite increased attention paid to people who have been victimized by sexual harassment at work in Kansas City and across the nation, these behaviors still happen with a troubling frequency. There are many ways in which people can be confronted with inappropriate attention, lewd comments, unwanted sexual advances and more. In some cases, the victim seeks compensation in a legal filing, and the evidence leads to a settlement.

Harassment victims may have to work with toxic colleagues

Missouri employees and others who have been harassed while on the job may face the prospect of sharing a workplace with their abusers. Generally speaking, an employer can fulfill its obligation to a harassment victim without terminating the perpetrator. In many cases, harassment cases are resolved through arbitration, which means that a victim can't pursue a matter in court. A study found that 48% of arbitration cases were fully or partially overturned on appeal.

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