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Phoenix TV journalists file harassment lawsuit in New York

Two employees of Hong Kong-based Phoenix television and a job applicant filed suit Tuesday against the company in New York after allegations of sexual harassment against its former bureau chief. Attorneys for the women accused Phoenix of employing Liu Zhengzhu as head of operations in the United States for more than a decade despite being aware of sexual harassment allegations against him. The lawsuit comes after previous legal claims against Liu, including one filed by a former intern in New York, and a separate action filed by four former employees in Washington.

Leon's Furniture ordered to pay former employee $8,000 for racial discrimination

HALIFAX - A woman who was subjected to several instances of racial harassment at a Leon's Furniture store in Halifax said Thursday she felt justice has been served after her former employer was ordered to pay her $8,000 by a human rights board. Garnetta Cromwell, 46, said in a telephone interview that she was pleased by the findings of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Board of Inquiry, which concluded she had been discriminated against by her supervisor at Leon's Furniture Ltd. (TSX:LNF) in Dartmouth.

Former Liberal senator cleared of sexual harassment by investigator

OTTAWA - An independent investigation has cleared Sen. Colin Kenny of allegations of sexual and workplace harassment, as well as abuse of authority. The probe was ordered by the Senate after a former staffer in Kenny's office complained he'd required her to do personal business and errands for him on business time. In addition, Pascale Brisson, who later quit her job, claimed that the longtime Liberal made comments about her appearance and invited her to his Ottawa condo.

Wisconsin lawmaker charged with sexual assault

By Brendan O'Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - A state lawmaker in Wisconsin ousted weeks ago as a Republican leader of the Assembly over accusations of sexual harassment was charged Friday with sexually assaulting a female aide to a senator in 2011, according to a criminal complaint. Republican Bill Kramer was accused in the criminal complaint of forcibly kissing the female aide and grabbing her breasts after a political event in suburban Milwaukee in April 2011, the criminal complaint filed in Waukesha County said.

Suspects identified in Pennsylvania hazing death of NYC student - officials

By Joe McDonald East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - Suspects have been identified in the death of a college student in a Pennsylvania fraternity hazing incident but authorities are waiting for forensic medical reports before making arrests, officials said on Thursday. Charges may not be filed until May in the death of Chen "Michael" Deng, a freshman at New York's Baruch College who died from brain injuries in December following a hazing game called the "glass ceiling," officials said.

Unisex dorms reduce harassment in Norwegian army

Mixed-gender dormitories have helped curb sexual harassment in the Norwegian army, the author of a new study said on Monday, refuting long held beliefs on the subject. "We were very surprised. We had thought these mixed rooms would encourage harassment, or in any case not reduce it," said Ulla-Britt Lilleaas, co-author of the report "The Army: the vanguard, rear guard and battlefield of equality."

Father blames son's suicide on fraternity hazing at Penn State

By David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - Authorities are investigating the death of an 18-year-old Penn State student who last week jumped from a rooftop, a suicide the young man's father blames on fraternity hazing practices his son was asked to inflict on fellow students. Marquise Braham, a freshman from Rosedale, New York, who attended Penn State's Altoona campus, leaped to his death last Friday from a hotel in Uniondale, New York.

New case of sexual harassment in Egypt sparks outrage

A case of sexual harassment in one of Egypt's largest universities has sparked outrage after the dean said the women's outfit triggered the incident. In a video that has gone viral on social networks and has been covered by local media, Cairo University security guards escort a student wearing tight black pants and a long sleeved pink top after she hid in a toilet from dozens of male students who were sexually harassing her. More than 99 percent of women in Egypt have been subjected to a form of harassment, according to a study carried out in 2013 by UN Women.

Cyberbullying on the rise at Canadian universities, studies show

VANCOUVER - Cyberbullies have grown up. Research out of Simon Fraser University suggests that the online abuse that has been so prevalent on the teenage battlefield is carrying through to the arena of adults at Canadian universities. Papers to be presented at a symposium in Vancouver on Wednesday say that undergraduate students are harassing their peers on social media, instructors are on the receiving end of student-led online smear campaigns, and faculty members are belittling their colleagues in emails.

Pakistan court demands answers over female pilot harrassment

Pakistan's Supreme Court on Monday ordered the government and national airline to explain why they have failed to take action over the sexual harassment of a senior female pilot. Captain Rifat Haye, who joined Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) in 1990, said in a petition to the court that she had been subjected to "severe intimidation and harassment" by male colleagues since the early years of her career. Frustrated by the lack of action from her superiors over her complaints, Haye went to the National Assembly's Standing Committee on Women's Development in 2010.
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