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Trucker prevails in disability discrimination, retaliation suit

You can spot CRST’s tan and white tractor-trailers rolling across Wisconsin’s interstate highways and Milwaukee streets. The Iowa-based company is one of the nation’s largest trucking companies, with more than $1.5 billion in annual revenues.

The company recently agreed to settle a disability discrimination and retaliation lawsuit filed by a truck driver applicant it refused to hire because he uses a service dog to help him with his disabilities.

Illinois task force fighting sexual harassment and discrimination

There is little doubt that there is more work to be done to make workplaces safer for all employees. The Illinois Senate Task Force on Sexual Discrimination and Harassment Awareness and Prevention is determined to do its share of that work.

Last year, the group helped 12 bills become Illinois law. The most important of that dozen, according to Chicago’s Sen. Bill Cunningham is the legislation that allows a victim of workplace sexual misconduct to take their complaint directly to the legislative inspector general – there is now no need for the inspector general to get legislator approval to launch an investigation.

Sexual harassment, retaliation suit filed against top sports agency

There is little doubt that the biggest, brightest star in the Wisconsin sports universe is Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The star dominates on the field of play and on the nation’s TV screens as well, appearing in a number of lucrative TV commercials as a pitchman.

Rodgers is one of many prominent sports figures represented by powerhouse talent agency CAA Sports. The firm has been rocked recently by allegations that one of its former leading agents was allowed to engage in sexual harassment and that agents who spoke up against the improper behavior suffered retaliation that included wrongful termination.

Female workers to add sexual harassment, retaliation to lawsuit

Many Milwaukee residents think of Hawaii as paradise – especially when we are in the throes of another bitterly cold winter. But even paradise is imperfect, it seems.

Attorneys for some female workers at the Kauai Marriott Resort are asking a court to allow them to add sexual harassment, gender discrimination and retaliation complaints to a class action lawsuit they filed last year. The half-dozen plaintiffs filed the action after a coworker’s phone was found recording women in the hotel’s employee locker room.

UW cracks down on sexual harassment, trains staff and students

Sexual harassment is a widespread problem in Wisconsin. It affects thousands of women in all fields, including education. Recently, the University of Wisconsin System implemented new training to combat sexual assault and harassment. All of its staff members and nearly 90 percent of students have now completed the training. Will it have an effect on sexual harassment in Wisconsin?

College campuses react to #MeToo

Why workers need to know about qui tam.

To Midwesterners "qui tam" like it might be an Asian noodle dish. While it's true, qui tam is a foreign language, it's not Asian, it's Latin.

Qui tam is short for “qui tam pro domino rege quam pro se ipso in hac parte sequitur.” Quite a mouthful, but it basically means the one who brings an action for the king as well as for oneself. Qui tam cases involve a person who blows the whistle and alerts the authorities about fraud that is going on, usually fraud against the federal government. 

Veteran police officer alleges sexual assault and retaliation

From Milwaukee to Memphis and from Miami to Monterrey and all places in between, there are stories emerging every day about people standing up for their rights in workplaces. We read recently of a veteran police officer far south of us who filed a lawsuit alleging that she was sexually assaulted by a fellow cop and was then retaliated against for reporting the violation.

While these alleged incidents occurred in Alabama, they raise important issues close to our readers in Wisconsin and Illinois.

Parole officer settles sexual harassment lawsuit for $1.1 million

A parole officer recently had her lawsuit dismissed by a U.S. District Court judge. While that sounds initially like bad news, the reason for the dismissal is also reason for her to celebrate: she settled her claims against the Department of Corrections for $1.1 million.

The story the Michigan woman tells reminds us of the stories of sexual harassment and retaliation many employees of Wisconsin’s own prison system have had to endure.

Mariah Carey named in sexual harassment, retaliation lawsuit

A few hours after pop star Mariah Carey filed a $3 million lawsuit against her former executive assistant for violating a non-disclosure agreement, she got a response. Former assistant Lianna Shakhnazaryan filed a lawsuit that alleges failure to prevent discrimination and harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination, among other complaints.

Carey’s former manager, Stella Bulochnikov, was also named as a defendant in the suit. The former personal assistant states in her lawsuit that she was "subjected to severe, pervasive, sexual, derogatory, offensive, physically abusive and outrageous conduct by [Bulochnikov]."

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