Sexual Harassment In The News

We would be remiss if we didn’t comment on two of the bigger sexual harassment stories to make the popular press. Yesterday, a jury found that New York Knicks coach Isaiah Thomas and Madison Square Garden sexually harassed a former Madison Square Garden employee. The jury awarded the former team executive $11.6 million for her claim.

Last week, Federal Judge Sam Kent of Galveston was reprimanded after a four-month investigation into allegations of sexual impropriety and abuse of power. (Kent has previously been known for his sometimes outrageous opinions. You can view two samples here and here.)

These latest stories both prove that sexual harassment can occur anywhere. And victims shouldn’t refuse to stand up for their rights simply because their employer might be someone famous or powerful.

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Sexual Harassment

We’ve been getting more and more calls about sexual harassment from potential clients in Austin and Central Texas.  As a result, we’ve added a short primer on the Basics of Sexual Harassment to our Sexual Harassment and Employment Discrimination page.  We hope you find the information useful.

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Pregnancy Discrimination Is On The Rise

An article in the March 28, 2007 Baltimore Sun highlighted the problem of pregnancy discrimination.  In 2006, there were a record number of pregnancy discrimination cases filed with the EEOC.  The author opines that one cause of this increase may be that more mothers are remaining in the workforce than ever before.

Of particular irony, was an EEOC settlement by Mother’s Work, Inc., a company that owns Motherhood Maternity, A Pea in the Pod, and Mimi Maternity, all stores that sell maternity clothing.

For a previous post on pregnancy discrimination, click here.

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Pregnancy Discrimination

As a result of a large settlement by Verizon, pregnancy discrimination has been a hot topic in the legal and popular press over the last few months. While most employers are aware that they can’t discriminate based on age, sex, or race, many employers and employees are unaware of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, an amendment to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (the standard federal discrimination law). The Pregnancy Discrimination Act, which only applies to employers with enough employees to pass the threshold test, provides that discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions is unlawful sex discrimination under Title VII.

Though people would like to think that society is making progress against discrimination, pregnancy discrimination and the resulting suits are on the rise. A July article wrote:

A study released this month finds a nearly 400 percent increase in the past decade in lawsuits involving family responsibility discrimination, from 97 cases in 1996 to 481 last year. A majority of cases involve pregnancy, says Cynthia Calvert, deputy director of the Center for WorkLife Law at the University of California Hastings College of Law, which issued the report.

If you are an employer or employee and seek more information on pregnancy discrimination, a good starting point is the EEOC website.

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The Prevalence of Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is always in the news in the US.  But the US is not alone in having a problem.  In the past week to ten days, there have been numerous news stories about international sexual harassment issues.  Topping the list are sexual harassment claims against members of the Israeli government.  The Israeli Justice Minister and Israeli President are both under investigation for separate incidents of sexual harassment.  In the Czech Republic, a new study found that one-quarter of their workers were the victim of sexual harassment.  And women in India and the Cayman Islands are pushing for increased protection.

The increased news of sexual harassment leads to many questions.  Is sexual harassment becoming more frequent, both here and abroad?  Or, is harassment merely being reported more as women’s rights increase on a global scale?  Does (or should) the fact that sexual harassment occurs on a global scale affect how we address sexual harassment claims at home?  Certainly food for thought for those interested in the prevention of discrimination.

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Perlmutter & Schuelke, LLP maintains offices in Austin, Texas. However, our attorneys and lawyers represent clients throughout the state of Texas, including Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Forth Worth, El Paso, New Braunfels, San Marcos, Kyle, Buda, Round Rock, Georgetown, Lockhart, Bastrop, Elgin, Manor, Brenham, Cedar Park, Burnet, Marble Falls, Temple and Killeen. By Brooks Schuelke

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