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November 21, 2017

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Association News

2018 AWI Training Institute for Workplace Investigators – Early Bird Deadlines Extended for Atlanta and Whistler Institutes

The January Training Institute in Santa Barbara sold out quickly. Register today to reserve your spot in the Atlanta Institute in April or the Whistler Institute in July. 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

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

Congress Paid $17 Million in Workplace Violation Settlements

The government has paid more than $17 million in taxpayer money over the last 20 years to resolve claims of sexual harassment, overtime pay disputes and other workplace violations filed by employees of Congress. >> Read more

Mueller Interviews with Senior White House Officials Coming Up

Investigators working for special counsel Robert Mueller are scheduled to interview additional senior White House officials in the coming weeks, adding to their list of high-profile interviews and pushing the investigation closer to President Donald Trump and his family. >> Read more

Fidelity Investments Creates Sexual Harassment Response Committee

Fidelity Investments, reeling from a sexual harassment scandal that resulted in two portfolio managers – one a star – leaving the firm, is stepping up its efforts to fight workplace harassment, creating a sexual harassment response committee. >> Read more

Canadian News

Laurier Launches Third-Party Investigation after TA Plays Clip of Gender Debate

An Ontario university that has raised eyebrows among those concerned with questions of academic freedom has engaged a third-party investigator to probe an incident involving one of its teaching assistants. >> Read more

Vancouver Island University is facing a human-rights complaint that it failed to protect female staff who said they were being sexually harassed by a student who engaged in fetishistic behaviour in and out of the classroom. >> Read more

Jazz Prof Steve Kirby Fired from Berklee College after U of M Students Share Harassment Complaints

Steve Kirby has been terminated from his job at Berklee College of Music after a number of University of Manitoba students and former students told the Boston-based college they had been harassed by the jazz professor during his time at the U of M. >> Read more

Features & Analysis

Creating a Safe Workplace for Women in the Post-MeToo Era

Every woman dreams of a workplace where her boss doesn't suggest they grab a drink after work, where there isn't that colleague you'd just rather not get stuck in the office with alone and where your job prospects don't depend, however subtly, on whether you put up with lascivious comments from a man who has power over you. >> Read more

What Would a Franken Ethics Investigation Mean?

After a Los Angeles radio anchor accused him of sexual misconduct during a 2006 USO tour, Minnesota Sen. Al Franken faced a storm of criticism — and calls for an ethics investigation — from fellow senators. >> Read more

Hollywood Has Shined a Spotlight on Sexual Harassment: Now What?

Harvey Weinstein may actually have caused more people to talk about sexual harassment in the workplace than Anita Hill did. While the topics of discussion may range greatly, in corporate America one common question keeps rising to the top: What should a company do when presented with an allegation of sexual harassment or a sexual relationship between co-workers? >> Read more

U.S. Regional News

Sitting Supreme Court Justice Bill O'Neill, Responding to Franken Allegations, Claims Bedding 50 Women

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O'Neill, a Democratic candidate for governor, apparently trying to head off any criticisms from his opponents, revealed what he says are his sexual escapades over the years on a Facebook post. >> Read more

Following Scandal and Investigation, Cinefamily to Shut Down Permanently

This year should have been a celebratory one for the Cinefamily, marking the 10th anniversary of an organization founded in 2007 that had grown to become one of the best known spaces for repertory and independent film exhibition in the city. >> Read more

Head of Phoenix PD Internal Affairs Investigated for Alleged Misconduct

The head of the Phoenix Police Department’s internal affairs unit is in trouble herself. Commander Paula Veach oversees investigations into officer misconduct claims and has to sign off on discipline for officers accused of serious misconduct. >> Read more

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

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