Sexual Harassment

City of New York

New regulations to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace are now in effect in New York State.


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With the explosion of the #MeToo movement there is a great deal of focus on addressing sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace, on campuses and in athletics. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the University at Buffalo's Athletics Department and Law School are teaming to host a conference this Friday at Hodgson Russ. 

Ottawa Senators

The lawyer representing Ottawa Senators Assistant General Manager Randy Lee tells The Associated Press he will enter a not guilty plea and file a motion to dismiss harassment charges during his client's appearance Friday in Buffalo City Court.

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The charges against Harvey Weinstein in New York have expanded.

The former Hollywood mogul is already facing first-degree rape and other charges involving incidents with two women, in 2004 and 2013. Now, a grand jury in New York has charged Weinstein with allegedly committing a forcible sexual act against a third woman.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the anti-sexual harassment policies enacted in the state budget are among the strongest in the nation, but his political rivals say the governor has not done enough to respond to allegations of sexual harassment in his own administration.


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A report from the state ethics commission clears Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s former high-level economic development official Sam Hoyt of sexual harassment charges, but the report leaves many unanswered questions.

Disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein appeared in a New York City courtroom Tuesday and pleaded not guilty to two counts of rape and one count of a criminal sex act, less than a week after a grand jury indicted him.

Weinstein, 66, had been expected to plead not guilty and remains free on bail.

Dozens of women have come forward to accuse Weinstein of persistent sexual misconduct.

National Public Radio

Harvey Weinstein has been indicted on rape and criminal sex act charges for alleged attacks on two women in New York.

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Harvey Weinstein surrendered Friday to authorities at a police station in New York City, where the former Hollywood megaproducer has been charged with rape and sexual misconduct.

Weinstein arrived early in the morning at the New York Police Department's 1st Precinct in Lower Manhattan, ushered into the station by law enforcement officers as members of the media crowded behind metal barriers. He kept his gaze lowered amid a barrage of shouted questions.

Sen. Cathy Young

The new state budget includes anti-sexual harassment measures that will apply to both government and private-sector workplaces.

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State lawmakers will make it home for Easter as a new budget was passed late last night.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders are negotiating a new anti-sexual harassment policy for state and local government officials as part of the state budget. But several victims of sexual abuse and harassment in the Legislature have come forward with a letter asking that the issue be taken out of the budget.

Sen. Catharine Young

There is a new proposal to overhaul government sexual harassment policies in New York State. The Senate's Republican majority Tuesday announced the measure, sponsored by Olean Republican Catharine Young.

Less than a week after the Weinstein Co. seemed destined for bankruptcy, a deal emerged for an investment group to buy assets from the troubled firm in order to launch a new movie studio that will be led by women.

The deal, between the Weinstein Co. and a group backed by billionaire Ron Burkle and led by Maria Contreras-Sweet, who was in charge of the Small Business Administration under President Barack Obama, is said to be worth more than $500 million, according to Reuters.

University of Rochester

The University of Rochester researchers who are embroiled in a legal battle with the university over allegations of sexual harassment have filed a lengthy rebuttal to a report issued last month as part of an independent investigation.

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A Thursday morning roundtable discussion on sexual harassment brought together more than a dozen women of public and private professional backgrounds, including at least one who endured sexual harassment in an era when there wasn't the legal precedent or peer support as seen in today's #MeToo movement.


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Erie County lawmakers discussed two bills Thursday related to harassment cases against county employees. One of the proposals is to prevent the use of public dollars to fund harassment settlement cases.


Investigation: For some who lived in it, Keillor's world wasn't funny

Jan 25, 2018
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When Minnesota Public Radio abruptly severed ties with Garrison Keillor in November, the sole explanation offered by the company was "inappropriate behavior" with a female colleague. For his part, the creator and longtime host of A Prairie Home Companion described his offense as nothing more than having placed his hand on a woman's back to console her. An investigation by MPR News, however, has learned of a years-long pattern of behavior that left several women who worked for Keillor feeling mistreated, sexualized or belittled.

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State University of New York officials have revoked an honorary award given to television host Charlie Rose over sexual harassment allegations. 

Campus Times

The University of Rochester campus newspaper, the Campus Times, is exploring more stories of students claiming their sexual harassment cases were mishandled by the administration.

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State Sen. Jeff Klein, a Bronx Democrat, spoke publicly for the first time since an investigation has begun into allegations that he sexually harassed a female staffer.

University of Rochester

As the spring semester gets started, University of Rochester Interim President Richard Feldman says he hopes the university community can begin a period of healing and rebuilding.

Shortly after sexual harassment allegations against Senate Independent Democratic Leader Jeff Klein emerged, numerous people started calling for an independent investigation. But under current law, there are few avenues available for launching a probe.


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The leader of the Independent Democrats in the New York Senate denies that he forcibly kissed a former staffer and says he intends to remain as leader of the breakaway Democratic faction.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivers his State of the State address on Wednesday, kicking off a challenging year of budget deficits and re-election races.

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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said she will not be silenced by President Donald Trump. Gillibrand made her comments during an appearance in Cheektowaga late Friday morning. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley was there as Gillibrand met with reporters. 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says a female journalist did "a disservice to women" for asking what his administration was doing to confront sexual harassment in state government. Meanwhile, Sen. Chuck Schumer says he is "pursuing every legal path" against whoever circulated a forged document accusing him of sexual harassment.

Updated at 9:48 a.m. ET

PBS will no longer distribute Tavis Smiley following what a spokeswoman called "multiple, credible" allegations of sexual misconduct uncovered by a recent investigation into the late-night show host's behavior.

A Kentucky state lawmaker has apparently killed himself after facing several allegations in reports by the investigative arm of Louisville Public Media — the most serious of which was the alleged sexual assault of a 17-year-old girl in the basement of the church where he served as pastor.

Updated at 3:46 p.m. ET

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