Instacart's pitch is simple and appealing: use the company's app on your phone to order groceries, then a "personal shopper" picks up the items from the store and delivers them to your Milwaukee home at a time that's convenient for you. While customers might be pleased with the arrangement, some of Instacart's independent contractors (they're the "personal shoppers") are not as happy.
Many of our Milwaukee readers will recall that two years ago, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reported that about 10,000 sexual harassment complaints were filed in 2017. The overwhelming majority (83 percent) were filed by women. While the #MeToo movement has helped more female victims of workplace harassment speak out and take legal action to stop the behavior, far too often the sexual harassment of men is dismissed or derided in our culture.
There are no good reasons for supervisors, managers or Human Resources directors to encourage or allow sexual harassment or discrimination based on race, religion, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability or age in the workplace. First and foremost, these behaviors are unlawful. Secondly, they cause real harm to victims.
Milwaukee is home to several hospitals recognized nationally for quality of care. Though health care facilities are dedicated to healing, some need to repair their own unhealthy work environments. Workers are far too often subjected to various forms of abuse by supervisors and colleagues - and then subjected to unlawful retaliation after reporting harassment or discrimination.
A national pharmacy chain that operates locations throughout Wisconsin has settled a whistleblower lawsuit that alleged the company filled prescriptions without verifying their medical necessity. Medicaid rules require pharmacies to verify medical necessity for certain stimulant medications before seeking reimbursement from the Medicaid program. The rules serve a gatekeeping role to ensure that taxpayer money that is used to purchase prescription drugs only pay for medications that are medically necessary, according to Matthew D. Krueger, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.