A culture of sexual harassment has existed for decades at far too many businesses in Milwaukee and across the nation. Unfortunately, it has become apparent in recent days that even students and faculty at Wisconsin's universities have been subjected to sexual harassment, retaliation, sexual assault and other forms of misconduct.
Last year, Wisconsin officials agreed to settle claims by a female state prison employee who said her supervisor kissed her, mistreated her and then fired her. The state then allowed the Racine Correctional Institution supervisor to stay in her job.
Milwaukee news media has over the past couple of months contained story after story of powerful men whose successful careers in politics, media and business have been derailed by allegations of sexual harassment, sexual assault and other forms of unacceptable misconduct.
The Supreme Court of the United States is hearing a case this week that will undoubtedly have a major impact on Americans for years to come. The case pits the interests of a gay couple against the baker who refused to make a wedding cake for the men.
The issues of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct continue to roil American politics and media. The list of powerful men accused of wrongdoing seems to grow by the day.
"Are you married?" "Are you or your partner pregnant?" "To which religion do you belong?" "How old are you?" Those are just some of the questions that can be used by job interviewers to discriminate against individuals in protected classes. Unfortunately, Americans are still being asked those questions in job interviews, a recent Associated Press-CNBC poll found.
In the wake of revelations about film producer Harvey Weinstein, millions of women across America have been sharing their stories about sexual harassment in the workplace. Many of the experiences have been shared under the hashtag #MeToo.
It is not easy to come forward and tell the world about inappropriate workplace behavior. But in the past few days, we have again seen the power of truth-telling and how it can quickly start the process of righting wrongs. Legendary film producer Harvey Weinstein was recently ousted as head of the famous Weinstein Company he co-founded amid damning reports of years of abuse and sexual harassment of employees and others.
She has commanded the nation's attention for a long time. Gretchen Carlson was named Miss America in 1989 and later rose to greater prominence as a host of the popular "Fox & Friends" political talk show. She became a household name, however, when she filed a lawsuit in July of 2016 against then Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes claiming sexual harassment.
Sometimes a choice is not really a choice. Two examples of the no-choice phenomenon are found in Sophie's choice and Hobson's choice: in both, the person making the decision is forced into a no-win situation.