Attitudes about sexual harassment are changing across the U.S. From Wisconsin polling places to the boardroom of one of America's biggest corporations, it's clear that tolerance of sexual harassment in the workplace is lower than ever.
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.
Each individual that reads our Milwaukee Employment Law Blog is likely exposed to some form of news media on a daily basis, whether it is on television, in print, over the radio or through the Internet. Although the news is a big part of our lives, a recent survey showed that for the majority of women journalists, bringing us that information isn't an easy job.
Employment claims filed under the Americans with Disabilities Act here in Wisconsin often involve accusations of discrimination in hiring, advancement or other work-related activities. Discrimination against people with disabilities in the workplace is often subtle--such as the failure of an employer to provide a worker with accommodations that would aid in his or her abilities to do a job, for example. A lawsuit that was recently filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against a division of Wal-Mart involves allegations of very egregious ADA violations.
When employers learn of sexual harassment in their places of employment, they are bound by federal law to immediately take an effective action to put a stop to it. When employers fail to respond appropriately to reports of sexual harassment, they can be held accountable and they may be liable for damages to victims.
The owner of 25 McDonald's franchises in Wisconsin is settling a federal class action lawsuit for sexual harassment. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing on behalf of 10 female employees.