The national conversation regarding sexual harassment shows no sign of slowing down. Since multiple women accused Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of assault, workplace harassment has become a hot-button issue. The dialogue has prompted many employees to speak out about their experiences with harassment, and encouraged many employers to crack down on it.
A short drive north of Chicago brings you to Lincolnwood. The Cook County town is small enough to outsource its fire department with an area firm that provides fire and medical services.
Rosebud Restaurants operates several Italian eateries in Chicago, but the chain also sells its baked lasagna, Pappardelle Marinara, wild mushroom ravioli and linguini with clams at outlets in the suburbs as well.
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.
As regular readers of our Milwaukee employment blog know, our nation is paying more attention to sexual harassment in the workplace than ever before. We read recently of an ongoing scandal not far from us.
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.
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.
Wisconsin has been the home of more than one Super Bowl victory parade. With a new season underway, Green Bay Packers’ fans hope that the celebrations will return to The Badger State.
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.
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.