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January 9, 2018

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2018 AWI Training Institute for Workplace Investigators

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Headline News

Broadway Legend Ben Vereen Accused of Sexually Harassing "Hair" Actresses

The allegations, first reported earlier Friday by the blog OnStage and the New York Daily News, were leveled by two young actresses who starred in the show, which was performed by a volunteer cast at the Venice Theatre in Florida. >> Read more

ESPN Ends Ties with Donovan McNabb, Eric Davis

ESPN has severed ties with Donovan McNabb and Eric Davis after a month-long investigation into sexual harassment allegations at the NFL Network, an ESPN spokesman confirmed to PFT. >> Read more

Rape Lawsuit against Paul Haggis Prompts More Accusers to Step Forward

Three additional women have come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against Oscar-winning director and screenwriter Paul Haggis, in support of a woman who sued him last month alleging that she was raped. >> Read more

Canadian News

Young Woman's Video of Angry Windsor Cabbie Leads to Investigation

A Vets Cab driver is being investigated by his employer after he was recorded on video losing his temper on a group of young women on New Year’s Eve. >> Read more

Say they will make themselves available to anyone in the public on the day they are supposed to be interviewed. >> Read more

Actresses Accusing Albert Schultz of Sexual Misconduct had to "Suffer in Silence," Lawyer Says

Soulpepper Theatre Company artistic director has said in statement he plans to "vehemently defend" himself. >> Read more

Australasian News

Tram Workers Suspended over "Fat-O-Gram" Stripper

Three workers from a Melbourne tram depot have been stood down over their controversial choice of entertainment for the Christmas party. >> Read more

Hawkesbury Race Club has been ordered to pay more than $120,000 to a former employee after a tribunal found she was bullied and harassed by her boss, leaving her with a psychological injury. >> Read more

Karmichael Hunt Faces Drug Charges after Allegedly Being Caught with "White Powder" in Brisbane

Wallabies star and Queensland Reds back Karmichael Hunt has been charged with drug possession, after police allegedly caught him with what is believed to be cocaine. >> Read more

Features & Analysis

Eight Workplace Legal Trends for 2018

At the federal level, expect a more employer-friendly Department of Labor (DOL), a new proposed overtime rule and greater deference by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to employee handbook policies. >> Read more

Sexual Harassment Helps Explain Why Women Get Paid Less

American women don’t earn as much as men do, a persistent phenomenon that can’t be explained by disparities in education, opportunity or child-bearing. But a growing body of research points to a new and compelling cause: Women make less because of the sexual harassment they face at work. >> Read more

How Men can Help Women Fight Sexual Harassment

Women this year are driving the discussion about how to change workplaces for the better. But their male coworkers have the power to help, too. >> Read more

U.S. Regional News

In About-face after Legal Threats, California's Legislature Will Grant New Access to Sexual Misconduct Allegation Records

The California Legislature unveiled a new policy Friday that for the first time would reveal the identities of some who have been accused of sexual misconduct, two months after refusing to disclose detailed information about years of allegations. >> Read more

Maryland’s Female Lawmakers Push Back — Quietly — on Sexual Harassment

Unlike counterparts in California, New York, Congress and elsewhere, the Women Legislators of Maryland group is working mostly behind the scenes, and members have been reluctant to publicly describe their experiences or demand immediate changes. >> Read more

Cuomo to Push for Legislation to Combat Sexual Harassment

The Democrat's proposal includes a prohibition on taxpayer funded legal settlements involving complaints against individual government officials. It would also require that all harassment settlements to be made public unless the victim prefers they remain confidential. >> Read more

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

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Upcoming Events

January 9, 2018
Seattle Local Circle Meeting

January 17, 2018
Silicon Valley Local Circle Meeting

January 19, 2018
San Fernando Valley Local Circle Meeting

January 29, 2018
2018 Institute: Santa Barbara, California — Waitlist

April 30, 2018
2018 Institute: Atlanta, Georgia

July 23, 2018
2018 Institute: Whistler, Canada

August 30–31, 2018
Save the Date! AAWI Annual 2018 Conference, Kingscliff, Tweed Coast, NSW

October 11, 2018
Save the Date! AWI Annual 2018 Conference

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Atlanta Training Institute Early Registration Deadline

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Whistler Training Institute Early Registration Deadline

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