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“Undeniable” impact of #MeToo on America

The headlines in Milwaukee news outlets revealed a pattern of misconduct in some of the most desirable workplaces in America: in politics, media, technology, Hollywood and more. But behind the #MeToo headlines were women and men in less elevated jobs and industries – stores, hospitals, universities, factories and others – where sexual harassment was just as rampant as it was in the places reporters were interested in.

Part II: sexual harassment saga unfolds at University of Wisconsin

Regular readers of our Milwaukee employment law blog undoubtedly recall that in our previous blog post, we touched on the scandal unfolding at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Five women have come forward to publicly accuse the husband of Chancellor Beverly Kopper of sexual harassment and unwanted physical contact.

Part I: sexual harassment saga unfolds at University of Wisconsin

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that another woman has come forward to publicly accuse the husband of University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Chancellor Beverly Kopper of sexual harassment. She is the second former student, and fifth woman to accuse Pete Hill of making sexually suggestive comments and unwanted physical contact while he was working in an unpaid role on the campus about a mile west of downtown Milwaukee.

Federal housing director facing harassment, retaliation charges

The Federal Housing Finance Agency says on its website that its employees “strive to act with respect for each other” and that they “are committed to the highest ethical and professional standards.” However, according to an employee with the FHFA who made secret recordings of her conversations with director Melvin Watt, those idealistic goals are far from being achieved.

Lawsuit: HR director walked around office sans shirt

In most Milwaukee workplaces, the Human Resources director is more aware today than ever of the types of behaviors that are simply impermissible on the job. At the top of that list is sexual harassment; an issue that has over the past year gotten the media and employer attention it has long deserved.

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.

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