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Judge says anti-gay discrimination case can move forward

On Nov. 4, a federal judge in Pennsylvania ruled a workplace anti-gay discrimination case can move forward because it violated Title VII's protections based on sex discrimination. However, in an interesting footnote, the presiding judge also agreed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's assertion that sex discrimination is comparable to racial discrimination. The decision could provide a new prism through which to consider discrimination cases in New York and nationwide.

Sexual harassment in the fast food industry

The sexual harassment of female employees is rampant in fast food restaurants in New York and around the country, according to a report released on Oct. 5 by Hart Research Associates. The firm surveyed 1,217 male and female fast food restaurant workers, and four in 10 of the women polled said that they had been the victims of unwanted sexual advances on at least one.

Complaint details fast food worker sexual harassment

At least one New York worker is among the 15 across multiple states who filed complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging sexual harassment against McDonald's that included groping, obscene comments and being shown pornographic images. According to research, these 15 workers are not alone among fast food workers in enduring sexual harassment on the job.

The Gretchen Carlson lawsuit

In July 2016, former Fox News employee Gretchen Carlson filed a lawsuit against the CEO of the network Roger Ailes. In a relatively short period of time, she obtained a $20 million settlement, and he left the company within two weeks of the suit being filed. Those who handle discrimination cases noted that the case likely was resolved as fast as it was because it would have resulted in a unfavorable outcome otherwise.

Gretchen Carlson case could inspire others

New York residents may have heard about Gretchen Carlson's $20 million settlement over sexual harassment allegations she had raised against the former CEO of Fox News Channel. In addition to the money, she also received a public apology. While Carlson received what could be described as a favorable outcome in her case, it is unknown if the result will encourage others to tell their own stories of abuse in the workplace.

There is a danger to keeping harassment cases a secret

The serious matter of sexual harassment in the workplace has made national headline news recently because of allegations within the Fox News organization. A female employee from the network accuses a former chief executive of sexual harassment. And apparently -- as well as surprisingly -- other women who have worked with the network had similar claims. 

How common is gender discrimination and sexual harassment in the ad industry?

The TV show "Mad Men" painted many pictures of the advertising industry in the 1960s. One of these pictures was that this industry was a very tough place for women workers during this period. Unfortunately, a recent survey by the American Association of Advertising Agencies indicates that women working in the advertising industry being subjected to inappropriate and unfair conduct in the workplace is not something that is a relic of the past, but rather something many current female advertising workers have faced. 

Former Fox anchor speaks out about harassment

A former anchor for network giant Fox News has begun to speak publicly about her accusations of sexual harassment in the workplace. Having freshly filed a lawsuit of sexual harassment against her former employer, Roger Ailes, Ms. Gretchen Carlson claims that Mr. Ailes made some sexual advances toward her and then subsequently had her fired after she began to complain about sexual harassment throughout the network's workplace.

How do you know if you've been a victim of sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment is considered a form of gender-biased discrimination. Sexual conduct that is unwelcome and creates a hostile, intimidating or offensive work environment or is used for employment decisions like raises or promotions is sexual harassment.

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