When a woman learns that she is pregnant, it can be one of the most joyous occasions in life. Unfortunately, there are some employers who believe pregnant workers are likely to harm their businesses, so they will try to rid their company of the employees by treating them poorly, denying them opportunities for advancement or even finding excuses to fire them.
Few things make people sit up and notice as they do when a celebrity speaks out. News outlets across Milwaukee and the nation recently paid strict attention when singer Taylor Swift penned a letter to her senator in support of the Equality Act. The measure just passed in the U.S. House of Representatives would amend Title VII by adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of prohibited forms of discrimination in the workplace and housing, among other things.
If you drive west of Milwaukee on Interstate 94 for about 90 miles, you'll arrive in Middleton. The Madison suburb calls itself "The Good Neighbor City," but a former high school employee says she was subjected to racial discrimination and retaliation there.
Though it is popular throughout much of the Midwest, the Steak 'n Shake fast food chain has had mixed success here in Wisconsin. Franchises in various locations near Milwaukee and around the state have opened in recent years, but later closed.
It has been a year and a half since the #MeToo movement roared to life with an exposé of the sexual harassment and assaults by film executive Harvey Weinstein. Since October of 2017, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reported a significant increase in sexual-harassment complaints even as reports of all types of workplace harassment declined.
Several large insurance companies call Wisconsin home, including Milwaukee's Northwestern Mutual and Madison's American Family Insurance. Stevens Point's Sentry Insurance is one of the nation's top mutual insurance companies specializing in business coverage.
If you go to the Fanatics website, you'll find a wide array of Milwaukee Brewers jerseys, t-shirts, caps, jackets, autographs and more. The online store stocks similar items for the Bucks, University of Wisconsin Badgers, Packers and virtually all other professional sports franchises and college teams. It's a dream come true for sports gear fans.
The most popular vehicles at the Dodge Ram dealerships in the Milwaukee area are the company's pick-up trucks. One of the most popular options on those trucks is a Cummins turbo diesel engine. Though Cummins is often lauded for its powerful, efficient engines, the Fortune 500 corporation has also come under criticism for discriminatory pay practices.
Sometimes it seems as if the only thing that changes faster than technology is Milwaukee weather. Though we hold a world of information in our hands whenever we use our phones or laptops, it can still be difficult in some situations to get the right message to the proper person at the appropriate time.
There is no doubt that the #MeToo movement has changed the way Americans think about sexual harassment in the workplace. But has the movement changed behaviors? A recent survey by professional women’s organization Tempo Milwaukee was designed to help answer that question.