1 in 3 women experiences violence in their lifetime: UN
United Nations has urged the governments to take immediate actions to prevent violence against women as the international women’s day is celebrated across the world on Thursday.
A statement released by the United Nations says 1 in 3 women experiences violence in their lifetime; 830 women die every day from preventable pregnancy-related causes. The reports released by the international human rights organizations show that millions of women are facing various violence especially in the most of the developing and Islamic countries.
Iran and Afghanistan are also among the countries, where women are victims of different types of violence. Few months before the international women’s day, dozens of Iranian women were put to jails for protesting forced hijab in the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Human rights organizations express concern that the women are at the risk of being tortured or sexually abused. Iran has more strict laws for women, a country that takes it’s laws from Islam and the women activists call these laws one of the main factors of putting pressure on Iranian women.
For example, Iranian women are not allowed to run presidential election, work in the high-ranking religious positions or enter to the army. Iranian women cannot be singer in profession, they are not allowed to go outside of Iran without having permission from the male members of the family like father or husband.
This is not only for Iran, in the war-torn and improvised country of Afghanistan, neighboring Iran millions women are living under lots of pressure. However the laws have given more freedom for Afghan women comparing the Iranian, but most of the women are facing difficulties and restrictions due to the traditional laws and social constraints.
Taliban presence in the large parts of Afghanistan deprived women to go out of their homes and women in most parts of the country are treated as second or third degree citizens, in a country that millions are dollar is spent in women empowerment projects.
Afghan women are facing sexual harassment in public and even women are stoned for talking to men outside their families in some parts of the country. International women’s day is celebrated while millions of women are struggling to get even their initial rights in a male-dominated world.
Diet Madison Avenue Goes Dark After News of Defamation Suit
Anonymous industry whistleblower account Diet Madison Avenue effectively disappeared last night, several hours after news of a civil defamation suit filed against the entity went live in the advertising trade press.
As of approximately 10 p.m. last night, its Instagram and Twitter accounts had been shut down, and its WordPress domain is now “parked.” Today, the Instagram account is private but seems to have been reset with no posts and no followers.
Before disappearing, the account posted an Instagram Story featuring what appeared to be an exchange of text messages between two individuals. It included accusations against an unnamed man as well as a message reading: “This is all we have to say about the news. We have always gained our courage by the brave ones who have openly and honestly come forward. We stand by them until the end. Above post is shared with permission.”
Yesterday, Adweek and several other trade publications reported that a lawyer representing former CP+B Chief Creative Officer Ralph Watson had filed suit accusing the DMA account, and two “Jane Does” allegedly associated with it, of defamation. Watson’s lawyer said he plans to subpoena the Facebook-owned platform, citing unspecified “California legal precedent.”
The address formerly listed on DMA’s profiles has not returned an email seeking comment today, and it is unclear at this time whether the individuals managing the accounts deleted them voluntarily. An Instagram spokesperson declined to comment.
This is not the first time DMA has disappeared since its first post in late 2017. In early March, the Instagram account went dark for several hours on the same day that a group of women working on the production side of the business posted a letter calling for the group to “dramatically change [its] tactics” or shut down altogether.
The account later reappeared, and at the time a spokesperson for the Facebook-owned platform told Adweek, “Instagram did not disable the account.” The reasons for the shutdown remain unclear.
Diet Madison Avenue, which has described itself as “17 ad junkies exposing Madison Ave sexual harassment & discrimination since Oct 2017, cuz HR won’t,” started quietly on Instagram but gained greater attention after publishing, on Instagram Stories, a list of several prominent men that it implicitly accused of sexual harassment. In many cases, the account did not include specifics regarding the claims made against these individuals. It later posted on the firings of multiple executives, some of whom had appeared on the initial list.
Former employee sues Uber for sexual harassment, discrimination
A former Uber software engineer is suing the company over claims that she experienced sexual harassment, racial discrimination and pay inequity while working there.
Ingrid Avendaño, who worked for Uber from February 2014 to June 2017, filed her lawsuit Monday in California Superior Court. It comes a week after Uber said it would eliminate its forced arbitration policy for survivors of sexual assault and harassment, whether they’re riders, drivers or employees. That decision came after a CNN investigation into sexual assaults and abuse by Uber drivers.
Among the claims in Avendaño’s lawsuit: Uber did not do enough to address allegations of harassment. For example, she said that an engineer “repeatedly made unwelcome, demeaning comments about women” in front of her and other employees and that human resources did nothing when she reported him.
Months later, Avendaño discovered that the same employee told her coworkers that the only reason she had a job was “because she slept with someone at the company,” according to the complaint. She complained again, and the man was fired.
The lawsuit says that Avendaño faced fallout afterward, and was “isolated and ignored by many male Uber managers and other employees” who had worked with the man.
She also claimed that she was inappropriately touched by a senior software engineer and that she witnessed other employees who made inappropriate comments and shared sexually explicit content at work.
Avendaño says she endured emotional and physical stress and was hospitalized as a result of her experience. She eventually resigned “because Uber’s failure to take effective remedial measures threatened Avendaño’s already compromised emotional and physical health.”
She’s asking in the lawsuit to be compensated for lost wages and benefits, and for damages related to emotional distress. She wants to be reinstated to her job at Uber.
Avendaño also wants Uber to be ordered to provide equal employment opportunities and “eradicate the effects of their past and present unlawful employment practices.”
Alex Jones Is Accused of Discrimination and Sexual Harassment by Former InfoWars Employees
Two former staffers at InfoWars have accused founder and right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones of discrimination and sexual harassment, the Daily Mail reported on Wednesday. Jones allegedly bullied staffers, made anti-Semitic and racist comments, and groped one worker, according to two Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaints obtained by the publication.
Rob Jacobson, a former video editor who worked for the site for 13 years, alleges his co-workers and managers called him “The Jewish Individual” and “The Resident Jew,” and that Jones regularly humiliated and belittled him. As the Mail reports, “The abuse got so bad that one member of staff photo shopped Jacobson’s face on to the image of an Orthodox Jew under the words ‘THE JEWISH INDIVIDUAL DEMANDS YOUR HOT TOPICS’ and printed it out for all to see.” Jacobson, who was eventually fired, is planning to sue Jones for discrimination, harassment, and unfair dismissal, in addition to his EEOC complaint.
Two former staffers at InfoWars have accused founder and right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones of discrimination and sexual harassment, the Daily Mail reported on Wednesday. Jones allegedly bullied staffers, made anti-Semitic and racist comments, and groped one worker, according to two Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaints obtained by the publication. Rob Jacobson, a former video editor who worked for the site for 13 years, alleges his co-workers and managers called him “The Jewish Individual” and “The Resident Jew,” and that Jones regularly humiliated and belittled him. As the Mail reports, “The abuse got so bad that one member of staff photo shopped Jacobson’s face on to the image of an Orthodox Jew under the words ‘THE JEWISH INDIVIDUAL DEMANDS YOUR HOT TOPICS’ and printed it out for all to see.” Jacobson, who was eventually fired, is planning to sue Jones for discrimination, harassment, and unfair dismissal, in addition to his EEOC complaint.
Steve Cohen Asks Court to Dismiss Gender Discrimination Case
Steven Cohen has asked a U.S. federal court judge to dismiss a gender discrimination lawsuit filed against his firm, Point72 Asset Management.
Point72’s lawyer Victoria Woodin Chavey, a principal at law firm Jackson Lewis, filed a motion Wednesday to force Lauren Bonner, the employee suing Cohen and his firm, to settle her claims through out-of-court arbitration. The day before, Chavey had filed a motion requesting that the court documents be sealed. Chavey did not return a phone call seeking comment.
The discrimination suit was filed on Monday by Bonner, an associate director at Point72. It claimed that the investment firm pays women less than their male peers, and keeps women out of leadership and decision-making roles. The court has ordered that Bonner respond to the request to seal the lawsuit by February 16. As of February 15, the court documents were still publicly available.
According to Cohen’s filing, Bonner had signed a contract agreeing to use arbitration, or out-of-court negotiation, to settle any employment-related matters. The motion asked that the court either dismiss the lawsuit, or halt any legal proceedings until the conclusion of the arbitration.
Bonner’s attorney Michael Willemin, a partner at Wigdor LLP, did not return a phone call seeking comment on the matter.
In her lawsuit, Bonner claimed she was paid less than a number of “less experienced and less qualified” men who managed fewer people than she did. Beyond these discrimination claims, the complaint also said that Point72 fostered a culture of sexual harassment, pointing to examples such as a whiteboard with the word “pussy” written across it, which allegedly hung in the office of Point72 president Doug Haynes for weeks.
The lawsuit comes at a crucial time for Cohen, who is raising money for a new hedge fund after a two-year ban from managing outside money. The timing also coincides with a cross-industry movement to call out sexual harassment and assault in the workplace, leading to the dismissal of high-profile men like Hollywood’s Harvey Weinstein. Comparatively few sexual misconduct claims have come to light in asset management, but allegations have emerged against biotech hedge fund Orbimed Advisors and alternatives manager TCW Group.
French ‘MeToo’ creator Sandra Muller ‘sued for defamation’
Sandra Muller, the creator of the French equivalent of the “MeToo” movement, says she is being sued for defamation by a man she accused of sexual harassment.
Ms Muller accused former television boss Eric Brion of making a sexually inappropriate advance toward her.
She created #balancetonporc, or “rat on your pig”, which has been used to share stories thousands of times.
Mr Brion admitted making a comment, but said he only did so once.
In a piece for French newspaper Le Monde in December, he apologised for making the crude remark, but said there was a need for “truth and nuance” amid the wave of accusations.
He said his actions had little in common with accusations levelled at figures such as Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, who is facing dozens of allegations of sexual harassment and assault.
Mr Brion described the “machine” Ms Muller launched with her tweets as “unstoppable”, and alleged that he had been subject to serious professional and personal repercussions because of it.
He has not yet commented publicly on the alleged defamation case.
Ms Muller used Facebook to announce she is being taken to court.
She alleges he is claiming 50,000 euros (£44,000) in damages for defamation, plus legal costs.
“I will go to the end of this fight with the help of my lawyer and I hope that this trial will be an opportunity for a real debate on how to combat sexual harassment,” she said in her Facebook post.
for coming forward about allegations of harassment or assault.
But the “rat on your pig” movement she created has faced a backlash and created a national debate around what constitutes harassment.
Earlier this month high-profile French actress Catherine Deneuve was one of 100 women who signed an open letter claiming the movement had gone too far. It warned of a new type of “Puritanism” and insisted men should be “free to hit on women”.
RCMP facing sexual harassment, discrimination claims from roughly 1,100 women
Global News has learned that as many as 1,100 women have begun the process of opening sexual harassment or discrimination claims against the RCMP.
In total, 353 women have finalized and submitted sexual harassment, discrimination or intimidation claims against the RCMP since the process started in August.
As many as 780 additional women have opened a claim but have not yet submitted the documentation necessary to complete their file.
According to the office of Michel Bastarache – a former Supreme Court of Canada justice and the independent assessor tasked with overseeing the settlement agreement – there’s no way of knowing how many of the 780 pending files will lead to actual claims.
“We cannot be certain that each and every one of the people who have opened a file will in fact be submitting a claim,” said Guy Versailles, a spokesperson for Bastarache. “Anyone can go [online] and open a file. You might have people who are just curious about the process… you might have reporters who tried the system to understand how it works.”
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Of the 353 claims submitted, 72 decisions have been rendered. According to Versailles, most of the cases where decisions were rendered are legitimate and would therefore have resulted in a settlement.
“The only thing I will tell you is the majority are claims that fall within the agreement,” he said. “But I will definitely not go anywhere beyond that, we don’t want to enter into that type of discussion. At the end of the processes the assessor will produce a full report with a full breakdown of what was awarded.”
With roughly three months remaining for possible victims to submit claims, these figures already surpass the initial estimate of 1,000 potential claims put forward by the government when then-RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson apologized to the force’s female employees in October 2016. At that time, the government announced it would set aside $100 million to settle sexual harassment and discrimination claims made by female employees.
What counts as discrimination?
Recent news headlines have focused on allegations of sexual harassment against film tycoon Harvey Weinstein. While the allegations are troubling, they also provide us with an opportunity to consider whether employment discrimination law would properly respond to them. In the United States, the answer is not as clear as one might hope.
Even though many of the women claim that Mr. Weinstein’s actions related to work, American employment discrimination law may not cover these women. Title VII is the federal statute that prohibits sex discrimination in employment in the United States. However, the statute has a major loophole: it does not protect independent contractors, interns, or most volunteers. The courts have interpreted Title VII as limited to the context of employers and their applicants, current employees, and former employees. If a person falls outside of these categories, Title VII does not protect them from sex discrimination, even if that discrimination is occurring in a scenario that we would otherwise classify as work. Individual state laws may provide some protection, but federal law does not.
It is more surprising to learn that even if some of the women in the Weinstein case fell within Title VII’s protections, they still might not be able to prove sexual harassment. The American courts have developed a framework for evaluating harassment claims that requires the harassment to be severe or pervasive. While a single sexual assault would qualify the worker for protection, courts often dismiss harassment cases where men repeatedly ask women out on dates or for sexual favors, as this behavior is deemed not to meet the requirements stated above. Courts have also dismissed cases where women have presented evidence that men have groped their breasts or buttocks. When courts dismiss these cases, they reason that the conduct is not serious enough to constitute harassment.
Silicon Valley May Get Rocked With New Allegations of Sexual Harassment and Discrimination
As sexual harassment revelations continue to rock Hollywood and Washington, many female entrepreneurs in the tech world say similar allegations against men in Silicon Valleyare coming down the pike.
That’s according to a recent New Yorker article by Sheelah Kolhatkar, which also revealed there could be more claims against men who’ve been identified as alleged harassers. “What they’ve been publicly named for is the tip of the iceberg,” an unnamed female entrepreneur told Kolhatkar in July.
The new allegations would add to a growing number of reports that women are regularly harassed or discriminated against in Silicon Valley. In 2015, a survey of 200 senior-level women in Silicon Valley found that 66 percent of participants reported they were excluded from important meetings because of their gender, and 60 percent reported unwanted sexual advantages in the workplace. Read More …
As sexual harassment revelations continue to rock Hollywood and Washington, many female entrepreneurs in the tech world say similar allegations against men in Silicon Valleyare coming down the pike. That’s according to a recent New Yorker article by Sheelah Kolhatkar, which also revealed there could be more claims against men who’ve been identified as alleged harassers. “What they’ve been publicly named for is the tip of the iceberg,” an unnamed female entrepreneur told Kolhatkar in July. The new allegations would add to a growing number of reports that women are regularly harassed or discriminated against in Silicon Valley. In 2015, a survey of 200 senior-level women in Silicon Valley found that 66 percent of participants reported they were excluded from important meetings because of their gender, and 60 percent reported unwanted sexual advantages in the workplace. The new allegations would add to a growing number of reports that women are regularly harassed or discriminated against in Silicon Valley. In 2015, a survey of 200 senior-level women in Silicon Valley found that 66 percent of participants reported they were excluded from important meetings because of their gender, and 60 percent reported unwanted sexual advantages in the workplace.