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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.

Mistakes employers continue to make in #MeToo era

Across Wisconsin and the nation, the #MeToo movement has encouraged women to speak up about sexual harassment and assault in the workplace. Men in high-profile positions in politics, government, entertainment and other industries have been removed after accusations of sexual misconduct were leveled.

Uncovering sexual harassment reports on Wisconsin campuses

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel filed open records requests with the University of Wisconsin system to learn how employee sexual misconduct allegations have been handled. According to a recent article, the newspaper learned that there have been nearly 100 complaints of sexual harassment or assault have been formally investigated since 2014.

It's time for Milwaukee companies to address sexual harassment

The editor of the Milwaukee business news publication BizTimes says it is time for area business owners and managers to ask themselves a couple of important questions. First, is anyone in your firm creating a hostile working environment for women?

Illinois strengthens sexual harassment, retaliation laws

Regular readers of our Wisconsin and Chicago metro area employment law blog know that news reports on TV and in the papers have often focused in recent months on stories about sexual harassment. Although coverage of the brave people who have come forward has been overwhelmingly positive, one aspect of their stories still receives too little attention: the workplace retaliation workers suffer after reporting sexual harassment.

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