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Some people never learn

Wisconsin and Iowa share not only a border, but some cultural struggles as well. In both places, efforts have been made in businesses large and small, as well as in government, to educate people about appropriate behavior in the workplace. Unfortunately, the messages don’t always get through.

Part 1: Remembering a landmark Wisconsin sexual harassment case

The #MeToo movement surged into the national consciousness in October of last year. Women across the nation have since then made clear on social media that sexual harassment in the workplace is a pervasive problem that in one way or another affects all of us. But the genesis of the movement happened long before Harvey Weinstein’s misdeeds came to light.

Women coaches are fighting discrimination and winning

Because Wisconsin and Minnesota are neighbors and sometimes friendly rivals, we share natural resources, an upper Midwest culture, industries, weather and more. So we recently read with an interest a story about gender discrimination and retaliation in Minnesota. The issues don’t stop at our shared border, of course.

Ashley Judd sues Weinstein over alleged harassment, retaliation

The #MeToo movement began last year when allegations of sexual harassment surfaced against movie producer Harvey Weinstein. Actresses who had worked with him began to share their stories of sexual misconduct by him and others and then the movement took off, with people across the nation revealing the names of those who had for years engaged in sexual harassment and retaliation in the workplace.

Wisconsin prison supervisor under investigation again

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported early this year that the first settlement was for $55,000. Earlier this month, the newspaper said the Wisconsin Department of Corrections had reached a second settlement with a former employee who had complained about sexual harassment by the same supervisor involved in the earlier settlement.

Wisconsin official personally investigated sexual harassment claim against him

It seems obvious, but is perhaps not obvious enough. When someone is being accused of sexual harassment, that same person should not be the one to investigate the claim. Yet that is exactly what happened when Wisconsin's second top Veterans Affairs official was accused in 2014 of harassing a former veterans program supervisor.

Illinois campaign worker says she suffered harassment, retalition

House speaker Michael Madigan is a powerful figure in Illinois politics. But his vaunted political operation has been disrupted by a woman who alleges that Madigan aide Kevin Quinn sexually harassed her and that she has been a victim of retaliation as well.

Former prison guard awarded $2 million in retaliation lawsuit

If you drive about 250 miles southwest of Chicago, you will come to Fort Madison, Iowa. The modest town of about 11,000 sits along the Mississippi River. Among its biggest employers is the Iowa State Penitentiary. The prison, the state and the Department of Corrections were recently the focus of a lawsuit filed by a former guard who said she was fired for complaining about sexual harassment.

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