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.
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.
Regular readers of our Milwaukee employment law blog know that we wrote recently in this space about a landmark Wisconsin sexual harassment case in the late 1970s and early 1980s that helped pave the way for today's powerful #MeToo movement.
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.
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.