- Written by Rebecca Hause-Schultz
In November of 2017, a group of 700,000 female farmworkers sent an open letter to Hollywood actors following the Weinstein scandal. In that letter, the farmworkers explain that farmworker women across the country suffer in silence because of widespread sexual harassment and assault they face at work. You can read the letter here. In response, over 300 women who work in film, television, and theatre have written a letter, published on January 1, 2018, expressing their solidarity with and support of farmworker women and those in other industries who have been victims of sexual harassment and assault.
- Written by Jizell Lopez
This year, sexual harassment in the workplace has been a hot topic in the news, inciting animated discussion about the role companies are playing in preventing or fostering workplace harassment and whether or not companies are taking appropriate action when claims of harassment are made by employees. In some of the instances where women have brought claims of harassment against high-profile men in politics, media, and entertainment, the women were required to sign agreements with their employers to keep work-related legal claims in arbitration.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers in both the United States Senate and House of Representatives have introduced legislation that would ban pre-dispute arbitration agreements of sexual misconduct claims. The bipartisan bills would allow those who allege sexual harassment or gender discrimination in the workplace to take their claims to court rather than mandatory arbitration, even if the employee had previously signed an arbitration agreement.