Karen Ward, a former investment banker at Ernst & Young, reported instances of sexual harassment to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in September of last year. It was the second such complaint filed against the firm in 2018. Ward tells HuffPost that her supervisor made sexual comments about her body, and stole credit for her work. Even though the supervisor was fired, Ward was forced to face retaliation for her complaint “from a whole boys’ club in his network.” Ernst & Young also fired Ward, but claims her dismissal had nothing to do with sexual harassment or discrimination. Read more about the retaliation that Ward faced with fighting sexual harassment at HuffPost.
In December, Time magazine’s Person of the Year went to “the silence breakers,” women who have spoken out about sexual harassment and ignited the #MeToo movement. However, as the Harvard Business Review notes, putting into place policies and procedures won’t stop sexual harassment in the workplace. In face, the title of the article blames human resources departments and judges for making it nearly impossible to win sexual harassment lawsuits. Read more about the issues attorneys face when bringing sexual harassment lawsuits here.
NTL for Women’s Rights President Gloria Allred has joined with Hollywood performer’s union SAG-AFTRA to continue her fight against sexual harassment. “We have reached the tipping point,” Allred told a standing room-only crowd of more than 200, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The tipping point Allred is referring to is the post-Harvey Weinstein era, where more women feel comfortable coming forth and talking about incidents of sexual harassment. Allred filed a new lawsuit against Weinstein on behalf of an anonymous actress who accuses the former movie mogul of sexual battery and assault.
Allred moderated a panel at SAG-AFTRA’s “teach-in, speak-out” event, called “A Conversation on Sexual Harassment and Abuse in the Entertainment Industry.”