Sexual Harassment

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.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

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.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

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.

Jim Russell / SUNY Oswego

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.

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.

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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.

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Six women have filed a lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein, seeking to represent a class of "dozens, if not hundreds" of women who say they were assaulted by the movie mogul.

Al Franken To Resign, Democratic Official Says

Dec 6, 2017

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Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., plans to announce his resignation on Thursday, a Democratic official tells Minnesota Public Radio. The official spoke to Franken and key aides, MPR News reports.

Franken's office, however, says that "no final decision has been made."

#MeToo Movement Is Person Of The Year, 'Time' Says

Dec 6, 2017

It has created a wave of awareness and brave confrontations over sexual harassment and assault, taking down powerful men in the process. And now the #MeToo movement has been named Time magazine's Person of the Year for 2017.

On its cover, Time called the people behind the movement "The Silence Breakers." Its story features women and men who have spoken out — including activist Tarana Burke, who started the hashtag 10 years ago.

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Congressman Tom Reed was among those praising passage of a resolution requiring members of the House and their employees undergo sexual harassment training. For the Southern Tier Republican, the issue of sexual misconduct has hit his family close.

National Public Radio

NBC News says longtime "Today'' show host Matt Lauer has been fired for "inappropriate sexual behavior.'' 

NPR Chief News Editor David Sweeney has left the company following allegations of sexual harassment filed against him by at least three female journalists.

"David Sweeney is no longer on staff," Chris Turpin, acting senior vice president of news, said in an email to staff.

"This is a difficult time for our newsroom and I'm committed to supporting all of you as we move forward. I know you appreciate that there are some questions I cannot answer in keeping with our practice to not comment on personnel issues, but I will do my best to address those I can," Turpin added.

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Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul said she believes it is "harmful" not having women equally represented in leadership roles. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Hochul was Monday's speaker at the University at Buffalo Center for Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness.

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With more sexual harassment cases coming into the light, a debate is developing on how to stop similar workplace incidents from emerging in the future.  Two members of the local state delegation shared their views on the matter.

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Veteran television host Charlie Rose has been fired by CBS, a day after eight women told The Washington Post that he sexually harassed them between the late 1990s and 2011.

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The woman accusing Sam Hoyt of sexual harassment says in a federal lawsuit that Gov. Andrew Cuomo knew and did nothing to stop it. However, the governor's office denies the allegations.

Chairman Steps Down As NPR Grapples With Harassment Crisis

Nov 17, 2017

As NPR's Board of Directors meet in Washington, D.C., this week, the network finds itself confronted by a series of dispiriting developments: a CEO on medical leave; a chief news executive forced out over sexual harassment allegations; the sudden resignation of a board chairman; fresh complaints over inappropriate behavior by colleagues; and a network roiled by tensions over the treatment of its female workers.

University at Rochester

An open letter has been signed by more than 200 professors outside the University of Rochester condemning the administration for its response to allegations of sexual harassment.