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October 24, 2017

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Association News

Register Today for the 2018 AWI Training Institute for Workplace Investigators

The Association of Workplace Investigators, Inc., invites you to join us for a unique opportunity to network and learn with workplace investigators from around the world. In keeping with our mission to promote and enhance the quality of impartial workplace investigations, we are proud to offer the intensive Training Institute for Workplace Investigators, the gold standard in our industry. This training includes a four-day accredited course followed by a half-day series of assessments, with a certificate for students who pass the tests. >> Read more

AWI Annual Conference Recap:

The 2017 AWI Annual Conference in Marina Del Rey, CA, was a great success with 214 attendees. This was AWI's first three-day Annual Conference and 68% of attendees registered for and attended all three days of the conference! Keynote Presenter Bill Stainton's presentation, “Connect the Dots: Creativity and Workplace Investigation” was a keynote presentation you didn’t want to miss. We hope to see everyone next year in San Francisco!

Save the Date!

Save the date for the 2018 AWI Annual Conference, October 10-13 in San Francisco, California at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport. Stay tuned for more details.

Headline News

Roy Price, Amazon Studios Head, Quits Amid Sexual Harassment Claim

Roy Price resigned as head of Amazon Studios on Tuesday, just days after a producer for one of the company’s hit shows went on the record to say he’d harassed her. >> Read more

Stranger Things Star Finn Wolfhard Fires Agent over Former Actor's Sexual Abuse Claim

Finn Wolfhard has parted ways with APA and agent Tyler Grasham. The move comes as Grasham is facing a string of claims that he sexually assaulted or acted inappropriately with young aspiring male actors. >> Read more 

Democrats to Seek Assurances from Sessions on Russia Investigation

Democrats sought assurances last week from Jeff Sessions that special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election is free of political interference, as the attorney general made his first appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee since he was confirmed to the post in February. >> Read more

Canadian News

Kent Calls on Ethics Commissioner to Investigate Morneau Over Corporation that Holds French Villa

Finance Minister Bill Morneau is facing a call for an investigation into his failure for two years to disclose one of his private corporations to Canada's ethics watchdog. >> Read more

The University of British Columbia says it has rigorous policies in place to protect the integrity of its research and will investigate allegations of scholarly misconduct, but — citing privacy law — has refused to comment directly on an academic furor unleashed after two UBC researchers had to withdraw published research for a second time. >> Read more

Eric Salvail Suspended in Wake of Sexual Harassment Allegations

Following allegations of sexual harassment and lewd misconduct in the workplace, Quebec celebrity Eric Salvail has been suspended from his TV and radio shows. >> Read more

Features & Analysis

Viral #MeToo Campaign Highlights Prevalence of Workplace Sexual Harassment: Five Ways Employers Can Work to Establish Harassment-Free Workplaces

After more than 40 accusations of sexual harrassment (and in some cases, sexual assault) unfolded against Harvey Weinstein, a social media sensation followed — the #MeToo campaign inspired by actress Alyssa Milano. On October 15, 2017, Milano used her Twitter account to ask those who had “been sexually harassed or assaulted [to] write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet.” >> Read more

Related Story

Explanations of (Excuses for) Sex Harassment: Are They Relevant in Court?

Employment lawyers often are called upon to conduct or coordinate investigations into workplace misconduct. Investigations of sexual harassment in the workplace without doubt are the most challenging of investigatory assignments. >> Read more

Bill O’Reilly Settled New Harassment Claim, then Fox Renewed His Contract

Last January, six months after Fox News ousted its chairman amid a sexual harassment scandal, the network’s top-rated host at the time, Bill O’Reilly, struck a $32 million agreement with a longtime network analyst to settle new sexual harassment allegations, according to two people briefed on the matter — an extraordinarily large amount for such cases. >> Read more

Local News

Two Students Seek $1 Million in College Discrimination Lawsuit

Two students have filed a discrimination lawsuit against The Evergreen State College and its former women’s basketball coach Jennifer Schooler, seeking damages for “intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligent infliction of emotional distress and racial and sexual orientation discrimination,” according to the most recent court documents. >> Read more

Deputy County Administrator Complains of Workplace Harassment and Discrimination

Dede Hinote, one of Walton County’s two deputy county administrators, has complained of workplace discrimination, along with “harassment and other unlawful behavior,” toward her by Walton County, as stated in an Oct. 6 letter from her attorney, Jennifer A. Sullivan, to Walton County Administrator Larry Jones. >> Read more

Racially Charged Video of Henrico Students Simulating Sex Acts Under Investigation

Henrico police and school leaders are investigating an “appalling” and “disturbing” video posted on social media, that shows Short Pump Middle School students simulating sexual acts and taunting black students with racist remarks inside the boys' locker room. >> Read more

In this Issue
  1. Association News
  2. Headline News
  3. Canadian News
  4. Features & Analysis
  5. Local News

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