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February 6, 2018

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San Fernando Valley Local Circle Meeting Postponed

Please note that the San Fernando Valley Local Circle will NOT meet this Friday, February 9, as originally scheduled. The meeting is postponed to Friday, March 16, 2018, at the Marmalade Café in Calabasas. See the Events Calendar for more information.

Headline News

Walmart’s Locking Up of Certain Beauty Products Is Racial Discrimination, Suit Claims

The woman said she felt humiliated and discriminated against when on three occasions this month she had to ask a store employee to unlock the beauty supplies, including a recent occasion during which she had planned to buy a $0.48 comb. >> Read more

CA Court 'Swipes Left' in Tinder Age Discrimination Lawsuit

The California Court of Appeals has ruled against Tinder in a lawsuit accusing the dating app of discriminating against older users. >> Read more

Cuomo Order Bans State Business with Discriminatory Firms

The governor said the push was necessary as the federal government "rolls back critical civil rights protections." >> Read more

Canadian News

NDP Launches Investigation into Claims of 'Harassing Behaviour' Against MP Erin Weir

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has suspended Saskatchewan MP Erin Weir from his duties in caucus and launched an investigation into an allegation of "harassing behaviour towards women" that originated from a fellow New Democrat. >> Read more

Details are murky about what exactly people in the campaign knew about the 2015 sexual assault allegation and whether any due diligence was done then. >> Read more

Unofficial RCMP 'Sissy' Memo a Sign of Toxic Work Environment, Women Say

Mounties need house-cleaning and better training, say women involved in harassment class action. >> Read more

Australasian News

Craig McLachlan Launches Defamation Action against ABC, Fairfax over Sexual Harassment Allegations

Victoria Police is currently investigating allegations McLachlan committed multiple sexual offences while performing in The Rocky Horror Picture Show in 2014. >> Read more

The Queensland government has confirmed the prime minister has agreed to consider the issue of cyberbullying at next month's COAG meeting. >> Read more

Melbourne Café Underpays Staff $10,000

Degani Bakery Café at Bentons Square, Melbourne, has agreed to back-pay staff almost $10,000 after a Fair Work Ombudsman audit found employees as young as 18 were being underpaid. >> Read more

Features & Analysis

Calling Out Gender Discrimination At Work

A recent Chartered Management Institute (CMI) report has revealed that more than four in five women and 80% of men report that they have witnessed gender discriminatory acts at work. >> Read more

Sexual Harassment Needs to End, so My Daughter Doesn't Go through what My Mother Did.

Every employer must prevent sexual abuse in the workplace. David Schwimmer: That's why I joined #ThatsHarassment. >> Read more

Harassment-Free Workplace Series: A Focus on Sexual Harassment

Organizations must proactively create a culture that does not tolerate sexual harassment. >> Read more

U.S. Regional News

California Legislature Releases a Decade's Worth of Records on Sexual Harassment Investigations

Eighteen alleged cases of sexual harassment, including sharing of pornographic photos and a staff member accused of grabbing a woman's buttocks and genitals, were publicly disclosed by the California Legislature on Friday, detailed through investigation records that had been shielded in some cases for more than a decade. >> Read more

City of Seattle Workers Speak Out about Harassment in the Workplace

As first reported by Crosscut, current and former city employees have formed a group called the Seattle Silence Breakers. Their purpose is to provide support to city employees and spur change. >> Read more

Taxpayers' Bill for Settling Pa. Sexual Harassment Claims Is at Least $3.2 Million over Eight Years

Much of the money went to pay settlements and legal fees for complaints filed in courts around the state involving legislators and workers in the executive branch, row offices, the courts, as well as universities in the state's System of Higher Education. >> 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

Members: Did You Know...

AWI offers numerous resources and forms to assist members with day-to-day operations and investigations.

>> Visit the AWI Forms Bank

AWI Webinars — Speakers Needed

AWI offers free webinars to members and is currently looking for speakers for 2018. If you are interested in presenting at an upcoming webinar, please contact Julia Renner at

Upcoming Events

February 13, 2018
Orange County Local Circle Meeting

February 27, 2018
LAUNCH: AAWI in Perth, Western Australia

March 16, 2018
San Fernando Valley Local Circle Meeting

April 30, 2018
2018 Institute: Atlanta WAITLIST

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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