Monthly Archives: August 2012

IHOP Owner Forced to Pay $65K in Harassment Case

Sexual harassment occurs in many workplaces throughout the United States.  Unfortunately, offensive, demeaning or abusive behavior is sometimes directed toward the most vulnerable members of a workforce, including the young.  Young women often feel the brunt of sexual harassment in situations where they feel powerless and unwilling to risk the loss of their job or [...]

Sexual Harassment At Sea

A recent suit filed against P&O Cruise Lines illuminates a dirty little secret about the cruise line industry; sexual harassment and sexual assault are real issues for passengers.

And one such passenger appears to be making quite a statement against harassment on the high seas by filing a $1 million lawsuit against P&O as a result of a recent incident.

Silicon Valley Venture Capital Firm Hit by Harassment Claim

Ellen Pao, an investment partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers is suing the venture capital giant for sexual harassment, gender discrimination and retaliation, and the suit has Silicon Valley in a tizzy. In what has long been considered a male dominated culture, Pao’s suit is shining the light on the glass ceiling for women [...]

Report Reveals OC Officials Botched Bustamonte Investigation

As Carlos Bustamonte, the Santa Ana City Council member, awaits trial for sexual assault, false imprisonment, and battery of seven of his female subordinates, the County is now concerned about its potential civil liability for Bustamonte’s conduct; and with good reason, since its officials seriously botched their investigation. An internal audit of Orange County’s handling [...]

Prospect Airlines Settles Sexual Harassment Suit

It’s a flip on the old stereotype, but men can be sexually harassed by women, too. Prospect Airlines, a company providing wheelchair services for airports in 13 cities, now knows that when men report sexual harassment, the reports need to be taken seriously.  Settling the case, filed by the EEOC in 2005, just months before [...]

Jury Rejects Sexual Harassment Claim by Ex-Employee

It took a jury in Delaware only 90 minutes to come to the conclusion that Diana L. Miller was not the victim of sexual harassment by her superior while she was an employee of the Delaware State Police Department. Miller claimed that Captain John Laird, who retired in 2007, coerced her into having sexual relations [...]

Sexual Harassment In The Online Gaming “Community?”

Stereotypers rejoice; puerile behavior is alive and well in the online gaming worlds. It stands to reason that someone who spends a significant portion of their life “living” in a fantasy world where you attack and kill other people might not have the best grasp of social norms. But the reality is that in some [...]

Food Fetishist Fired For Sexual Harassment By Pie

Who knew that that you could commit sexual harassment via pie? Well, apparently, you can. Gavin Bradford, 37, was working as a contract music teacher in Canada but lost his job after requesting that one of his young students stuff a pie down his pants. Inappropriate? Absolutely! This was not an isolated incident, however. It [...]

Berkeley High Settles Sexual Harassment Claim by Student

Known only as Lilah R in court records, a teenage student at Berkeley High School in Berkeley, CA claimed that she was sexually harassed by her guidance counselor, Anthony Smith. The Berkeley Unified School District initially defended itself and paid for Smith’s attorney, but eventually decided to settle the case; making an insurance payout of [...]