Category Archives: Pop Culture

QUID PRO QUO SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN THE NEWS

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Sexual harassment can take various forms in the employment context.  Perhaps the most straightforward example is a situation where an employee is the victim of unwelcome and unwanted sexual advances and/or physical contact.  Another form, called “quid pro quo” sexual harassment, has been making headlines this summer after former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson filed a lawsuit accusing Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes of sexual harassment.

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POLITICAL SUPPORT FOR U.S. WOMEN’S SOCCER TEAM – BUT WILL IT MATTER?

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Back in March, members of the U.S. Women’s Soccer team filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, alleging members of the team are paid less than members of the men’s team, violating the federal Equal Pay Act.  The players argue they are paid almost four times less than their male counterparts (for example, if the women’s team wins the world cup, each player gets a $75,000 bonus; if the men’s team wins, each player gets a staggering bonus of $9.375 million).

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THE SEARCH FOR EVIDENCE OF DISCRIMINATION – A COMPANY’S CULTURE AND ATTITUDE

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Just last week, social media giant Twitter made headlines when one of its teams decided to hold a frat-themed party in the office, paid for by the company.  The party was complete with kegs of beer, red plastic cups, beer pong, and a sign written in Greek-themed font that read “Twitter frat house.”  While the party itself should have been newsworthy on its own, it became even more so given that in March of this year a former employee sued Twitter for sex discrimination, claiming the company made it difficult for women to obtain promotions and engaged in tactics designed keep women out of higher ranking positions.

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WHEN SONGWRITING MEETS THE LAW

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This past weekend I attended a Ben Folds concert in Cedar Rapids.  He’s one of my favorite musicians, and I’ve seen him perform live several times.  While he did not play Fred Jones Part II when I saw him last, every time I hear it, I can’t help but think, “Poor Fred.  This sounds like age discrimination and he needs an employment lawyer.”

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