Workplace Issues to the Forefront

By Michel Hobson Ⓜ️ | Issues . Solutions . Change Makers

Mario Batali accused of sexual misconduct

Celebrity chef Mario Batali has announced he will step down from the day-to-day operations of his businesses after multiple women accused him of sexual misconduct.

Mario Batali

Dem rep says Roy Moore poses a possible 'threat to safety' to Senate pages

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Rep. Gwen Moore recently wrote a letter to the Senate Sergeant at Arms, expressing her "urgent concern" about the safety of Senate pages if Roy Moore is elected to Congress.<p>The Wisconsin Democrat addressed allegations against the former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice in the …


Democratic senator wants probe into interior secretary's helicopter use

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> A Democratic senator is calling for the investigation into Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's travel to include his use of government helicopters.<p>Zinke's use of Interior Department and other helicopters was revealed earlier this year when the department released his office and …

Ryan Zinke

NBC News fires another 20-year staffer after misconduct allegations: report

NBC News fired another 20-year emloyee this week after an investigation of his workplace behavior, according to a published report.<p>Larry Gaetano, the peacock network's senior director of technical operations and engineering, based in its Washington, D.C., bureau, was let go Friday, TVNewser …


For Black Professionals, Secondhand Racism Is an Unending Stress

In the course of their work, black lawyers and journalists are forced to confront the ugliest examples of our nation's racial inequity.<p><b>On Edge</b> <b>is a series about stress in 2017.</b><p>“Man the fuck up!” I told myself, staring at my reflection in the mirror of a men’s bathroom at the Kings County Supreme …


21 Tweets By Women That Will Make Other Women Laugh Then Sob



Franken accusers disappointed with his defense

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> In the wake of Democratic Sen. Al Franken's resignation, some of his accusers of sexual misconduct told CNN they are disappointed with his defense of the allegations, saying he shouldn't have continued to dismiss them.<p>Leeann Tweeden, the California radio morning show anchor who …

Al Franken

Think the Pence rule is a good idea? Think again

<b>(CNN) —</b> From NBC's Matt Lauer to Def Jam's Russell Simmons to US Senate candidate Roy Moore, accusations of harassment and assault at the hands of high-profile leaders are seeing the long-overdue light of day. We are witnessing a cultural tipping point for women. In response, a recent New York …

Mike Pence

Rep. Trent Franks' absolutely bizarre resignation letter

<b>(CNN) —</b> Republican Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona announced Thursday night that he is resigning from Congress after being informed that the House Ethics Committee had opened an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment from two female former staffers.<p>What did Franks do, you ask? Let's let …

Trent Franks

GOP Rep. Mia Love: Farenthold should resign

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Republican Rep. Mia Love of Utah said on Thursday that her colleague GOP Rep. Blake Farenthold of Texas should resign in light of allegations he sexually harassed members of his staff.<p>"I think that he should voluntarily resign," Love said on CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront" with …

Blake Farenthold

Gabrielle Union Says ‘The Floodgates Have Opened for White Women’ When It Comes to Sexual Assault

The "Being Mary Jane" actress got incredibly candid with The New York Times when talking about sexual harassment and assault.<p>Gabrielle Union is …


Harvey Weinstein lied about sleeping with Gwyneth Paltrow to attract other women, report says

Harvey Weinstein told women he slept with Gwyneth Paltrow to coerce them into having sex with him, according to a report in the New York Times.<p>Multiple women told the Times that Weinstein, 65, claimed he made Paltrow, 45, a star with “Shakespeare in Love” after she slept with him, insinuating that …


Porn star August Ames commits suicide after bullying for refusing to have sex with man who did gay porn

A porn star relentlessly bullied on Twitter after saying she did not want to have sex with someone who had shot gay porn committed suicide by hanging.<p>August Ames, a 23-year-old rising star in the adult film industry, died Tuesday in California. The Ventura County Medical Examiner confirmed to The …


Why Does My Boss Act Like I Should Be Working More Than 9 to 5?

<i>Most of us work more than we live, which is to say we spend considerably more time at the office and with our coworkers than we do with the human</i> …

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That button on Matt Lauer’s desk was standard in many older NBC offices at 30 Rockefeller Center

A few things about that button on Matt Lauer's desk:<p>Lauer, fired on Wednesday amid allegations of sexual misconduct, didn't install the button that enabled him to lock his office door automatically from his desk, it turns out. The mechanism was a standard feature in many of the older offices at 30 …

Matt Lauer

5 Open Office Space Etiquette Tips You Need To Know

It’s very likely that if you currently work in an office space, that it is considered an open-plan office. According to a survey from CoreNet Global, …

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Are You Suggesting the Office Isn't a Place For Me to Touch Everyone?

Aw, geez.<p>I just don't know what to do about this new work culture that says I shouldn't open-mouth kiss people I share a cubicle with. I mean, what the heck, excuse my French. I just read this Associated Press article about a men who are "wondering if it’s still OK to hug a female colleague or ask …

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Q&A for federal workers: Harassment in the workplace

<b>Question:</b> Has there been a recent study of sexual harassment in the federal workplace?<p><b>Answer:</b> The Merit Systems Protection Board is working on a report on that topic and recently issued preliminary findings from a survey it conducted last year.<p>It showed that 18 percent of women and 6 percent of men …

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Our New Assistant Doesn't Have Boundaries

But she's pleasant and efficient. Should I say something?<p><b>Editor's note:</b> <i> columnist Alison Green answers questions about workplace and management issues -- everything from how to deal with a micromanaging boss to how to talk to someone on your team about body odor.</i><p>A reader writes:<p><i>My company</i> …

According to Harvard This is the Most Important Characteristic of Your Office, By Far

Be sure to follow this office seating advice if you want to improve your performance<p>Forget about whether you have an open floor plan or offices. Forget about how high your walls are. Don't worry about the corner view or what artwork to display. Instead, pay attention to who you sit near.<p>New …


What We Can All Learn From Domestic Workers' Silent Battle Against Sexual Harassment

Since the accusations against Harvey Weinstein came out two months ago, women have come forward to share their stories in droves and—perhaps even …


Sexual harassment affects half of all women in the workplace: poll

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Amidst ongoing sexual assault allegations affecting people in high-profile positions, there is more evidence sexual …


Two Amazon execs have resigned amid a workplace harassment probe at Audible

Audible, which is owned by Amazon, has lost its Chief Content Officer, Andrew Gaies, and Chief Revenue Officer, Will Lopes, after the two men resigned amidst a workplace harassment probe, reports <i>Bloomberg</i>. The news was announced to staff on Monday by Audible Chief Executive Officer Don Katz. <b>Neither</b> …


Your Workplace Rage, And Mine

This past weekend, <i>New York Magazine</i> published a story detailing an pattern of alleged sexual misconduct and bullying by John Hockenberry, the former host of WNYC's show <i>The Takeaway</i>. The story includes allegations of forcible kissing, excerpts of inappropriate online messages Hockenberry sent to …


How to Make Your Office Safer for Your Employees

By Rebecca D’Souza <i></i><p>We spend a significant amount of time in our lives at work. It is therefore essential for employers to provide their staff a …

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Our Pettiest Office Complaints, Compiled

Exactly how should you handle it when a colleague is four minutes late to a meeting, and there’s no sign they’ll show up? Why does it make a …

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'United together': Mark Halperin, Charlie Rose accusers form advocacy group

NBC political analyst Mark Halperin was fired in October after numerous former ABC co-workers accused him of sexual harassment.<p>But that was just the beginning of the story.<p>Some of the accusers reached out to each other on Facebook and WhatsApp. The conversation merged into one centralized Facebook …

Mark Halperin

Actress has advice for 'The Handsy Man'

Filling in for Jimmy Kimmel on his show, Tracee Ellis Ross debuted "The Handsy Man" to outline how to avoid sexually harassing women.


Society's gap between men and women still wide

<b>(CNN) —</b> The past two months have no doubt been a turning point when it comes to sexual harassment allegations in the workplace. Women, who are often the victims, feel more empowered knowing that if they come forward today, two things are more likely than they would have been years ago: They are …