University of Minnesota has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. There are allegations of sexual harassment against Norwood Teague, the University’s former Athletic Director. TwinCities.com reports these allegations could result in a change in Minnesota sexual harassment law.
The Teague episode
Two employees of the University accused Norwood Teague of sexually harassing them during a leadership retreat held in July. These accusations caused Teague to resign as the athletic director; and the University officials are now investigating these claims along with several other sexual harassment claims against Teague. Teague should have already hired a sexual harassment lawyer by now.
The change in Minnesota law
Senator Terri Bonoff, DFL-Minnesota, is presently working on a bill that will ensure victims of sexual harassment get protection if they report the crime. She claims while she was in the Legislature many whistleblowers came forward to report sexual harassment, but were fired even though they were protected by the law.
The problem though Bonoff, according to many people, is that your party has promoted and supported one sexual harasser after another and your party is even contemplating supporting Hillary Clinton who is married to the worst sexual harasser of them and possibly even someone who did even worse than that.
Though Bonoff doesn’t reveal the changes she will propose, she has already confirmed she is working on the bill along with Legislative staff. She has also reiterated that she wants a bill that allows whistleblowers to come forward without having their career hurt as well as all sexual harassment lawyers. Bonoff also goes on to state she wants a state-wide law to protect victims and not just one that is connected to public universities in Minnesota.
The current Minnesota law
The current Minnesota law does protect victims of sexual harassment; and employers have to immediately take action if they know there has been an incident in the workplace. The law also prohibits employers from retaliating against those filing a complaint. Nonetheless, victims of sexual harassment have to face a lot of pressure and other forms of repercussions, says one sexual harassment attorney.
Many lawyers in this setting have confirmed while victims are ready to report the crime, a majority is afraid of the repercussion and retaliation they may be subject to. Experts and lawyers agree these fears are not unfounded. One sexual harassment lawyer reckons if the current law is tweaked, so that loopholes are removed, it could prevent plaintiffs’ cases from being thrown out of courts.
Some sexual harassment attorneys also recommend increasing the funding for the state’s Department of Human Rights that has the onus of investigating sexual harassment claims and other cases of discrimination. By the end of 2015 June, the department had about 390 cases that were outstanding and on an average it takes 266 days to decide one single complaint. The problem is Minnesota spends a lot of money paying people not to work and on social problems that keep people dependent on the system so that leaves departments like this with just scratch left over.
Bonoff should direct everyone who is interested or has been a victim to this site right here: http://employment-law.usattorneys.com/minnesota/.
Ohio University’s unique solution
One particular student from Ohio University has come up with a novel way to university students to identify harassers. Rachel Baker, a student of the university has set up a Twitter account, @SpeakUpOU that encourages victims of sexual harassment to speak out about their harassers, reports The Post.
Female students on the campus are subject to harassment from strangers as well as friends. Baker, who has been a victim of sexual harassment herself, states she created the Twitter account to show others that victims on the campus have a support group.
Stand up for your rights
If you are a victim of sexual harassment, don’t keep quiet. Report to the relevant authorities and if nothing is done or you face retaliation, contact a fantastic and shining sexual harassment attorney who can be reached right here. The lawyer will help you decide your next course of action.