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February 13, 2018

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2018 AWI Training Institute for Workplace Investigators

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Headline News

Air Force Academy Mismanaged Sexual Assault Program, Pentagon Says

The US Air Force Academy mismanaged its sexual assault prevention and response program during the 2017 academic year and failed to comply with the military's victim assistance and advocacy policy, according to the Department of Defense's annual assessment of service academies released Wednesday. >> Read more

Steve Wynn, whose casinos have reshaped skylines as far apart as Las Vegas and Macau, has stepped down as head of Wynn Resorts following accusations of sexual misconduct that became known last month. >> Read more

Guess Forms Special Committee to Investigate Sexual Harassment Claims against CEO

Fashion company Guess on Friday said it formed a special committee to oversee an ongoing investigation into allegations of sexual harassment and other improper conduct by Paul Marciano, the specialty apparel retailer's CEO. >> Read more

Canadian News

City Investigates Allegations of Bullying, Harassment at Calgary Drop-In Centre

The City of Calgary says it's investigating allegations of bullying and harassment by staff at the Calgary Drop-in Centre after a CBC report earlier this week revealed a former employee had been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder after suffering sexual harassment and psychological abuse at the hands of co-workers. >> Read more

TVO host writes in Facebook post that he did not suggest, request, imply, or joke about having sex. >> Read more

Leaks to Media an Orchestrated Inside Job, UPAC Believes

Quebec’s anti-corruption unit suspects that one of its own — an investigator who became the first and only to ever be fired from the unit — began leaking critical evidence to the media two years ago. >> Read more

Australasian News

Geelong College Refers Allegations of 'Questionable Behaviour' by Robert Doyle to Police

The allegations relate to his time as a teacher at the college, where he taught from 1978 to 1982. >> Read more

A STEELWORKER sacked for allegedly defecating in the staff shower has lost an unfair dismissal bid, despite being cleared of the deed. >> Read more

Vanuatu Union Seeks Better Help for RSE Workers in NZ

Ephraim Kalsakau, the leader of the National Workers Union, said there is dissatisfaction among seasonal workers with the level of deductions from their wages. >> Read more

Features & Analysis

Why Steve Wynn's Resignation May Be #MeToo's Most Significant Milestone Yet

Since The New York Times revealed in October a pattern of sexual abuse by Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, high-profile men in industries from entertainment to media and technology have faced public accusations of sexual harassment. But financial titans and executives at public companies have largely managed to stay out of the #MeToo spotlight — until now. >> Read more

More than 60 Women Have Filed Sexual Harassment Complaints against IHOP, Applebee’s Restaurants

They describe a work environment where groping and sexual requests from co-workers were rampant. >> Read more

Power of the Purse

NSF starts requiring that institutions report findings of harassment and suspensions in its funded labs and field sites, and reminds institutions that it can pull funding where necessary. >> Read more

U.S. Regional News

Assemblywoman at Forefront of #MeToo Movement Accused of Sexual Misconduct

Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, chair of the Legislative Women’s Caucus who has been at the forefront of the movement against sexual harassment in the state Capitol, has herself become the subject of allegations of sexual misconduct. The Bell Gardens Democrat said she would “participate fully” in an investigation. >> Read more

Oregon Legislator Resigns amid Harassment Allegations

Oregon state Sen. Jeff Kruse (R) said late Thursday he would resign his seat in the state legislature after an independent investigation found he had sexually harassed several women over many years in office. >> Read more

Frank Yeoman, Recently Retired Shawnee County Judge, Disciplined for Harassing Female Colleagues

A judicial disciplinary board on Friday admonished a retired Shawnee County District Court judge for workplace harassment that included swatting a court reporter’s buttocks. >> 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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