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The popstar made headlines only a couple days ago due to a similar allegation by a male model. This time around it is a female TV host who’s claiming that Perry acted inappropriately towards her when both attended an industry party.

As reported by Hot Press, Katy Perry was accused of sexual misconduct by 38 years-old Josh Kloss who was featured in the video for her hit song ‘Teenage Dream’ nine years ago. Amongst other things, she reportedly pulled his pants down to flash his genitals in front of people, which obvisouly resulted in a lot of embarassment for Kloss.

In a similar fashion, according to Russian newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta, Perry was heavily intoxicated when she groped Tina Kandelaki and tried to kiss her. Although the TV host claims that she rejected Perry’s advances, she accuses the singer of acting inappropriately with other people at that same industry party.

Now that a second person has come forward following Kloss, it could possibly indicate a pattern. In a dynamic very similar to what unfolded with the #MeToo movement, Kandelaki explained that she only came forward after Kloss had first led the way with his own claims.

While it is way too early to say whether there are solid foundations to these sexual harassment claims, this certainely does not look good on Perry.

Kloss had pointed out the fact that the focus always seems to always be on men when it comes to sexual harassment. “I just say this now because our culture is set on proving men of power are perverse. But females with power are just as disgusting,” he explained.

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It seems that most people, especially her fans, are highly skeptical about those claims made against the singer.

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You know. After I met Katy, we sang a worship song, “open the eyes of my heart” She was cool and kind. When other people were around she was cold as ice even called the act of kissing me “gross” to the entire set while filming. Now I was pretty embarrassed but kept giving my all, as my ex was busy cheating on me and my daughter was just a toddler, I knew I had to endure for her sake. After the first day of shooting, Katy invited me to a strip club in Santa Barbara. I declined and told her “I have to go back to hotel and rest, because this job is all I have right now” So I saw Katy a couple times after her break up with Russel. This one time I brought a friend who was dying to meet her. It was Johny Wujek’s birthday party at moonlight roller way. And when I saw her, we hugged and she was still my crush. But as I turned to introduce my friend, she pulled my Adidas sweats and underwear out as far as she could to show a couple of her guy friends and the crowd around us, my penis. Can you imagine how pathetic and embarrassed i felt? I just say this now because our culture is set on proving men of power are perverse. But females with power are just as disgusting. So for all her good she is an amazing leader, hers songs are mainly great empowering anthems. And that is it. I continued to watch her use clips of her music videos for her world tour and then her dvd, only highlighting one of her male co-stars, and it was me. I made around 650 in total off of teenage dream. I was lorded over by her reps, about not discussing a single thing about anything regarding Katy publicly. And a couple interviews they edited and answered for me. So, happy anniversary to one of the most confusing, assaulting, and belittling jobs I’ve ever done. Yay #teenagedream I was actually gonna play the song and sing it on ukele for the anniversary, but then as I was tuning I thought, fuck this, I’m not helping her bs image another second.

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Following the release of Kloss statement on Instagram, Johnny Wujek – who hosted the party where the pants accident allegedly happened – jumped to Perry’s defense.

“Oh hell no. I’m not about to let you make accusations against my friend like this. This is such bulls***. Katy would never do something like that. We all know about your on going obsession with her since the day of filming that video,” he said.

“You were writing her music. And planning an imaginary future with her. It’s not ok to do this to people who have done nothing but uplift and inspire others,” he added. “Focus on your life and your daughter and move on josh. I’ll be praying for you. We all will.”

Part of Kloss’s answer to this read: “I was supposed to minimize myself and stay PC to protect her “image”. I listened and was a good boy. The fear sticks with you, when you are censored to protect someone else’s image. But in return treated like a prostitute and exposed in front of a group of her friends and other random people.”

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So far, the popstar did not address any of those claims herself, despite many publications attempting to contact her for comments. However, the seriousness of those may call for the release of some sort of statement.

Time will tell if other people decide to come forward with similar allegations or if the case falls into oblivion.

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It all started out with an interview with my boss about proposed office layoffs. My husband and I both worked for a large legal firm. He was a partner and I was EA to the Managing partner Rick. The company was successful but to further entrench their strong performance they were about to undertake a significant restructure. In my position I was aware of what was about to happen but had no idea that it could impact Steve, my husband of 12 years and I.

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A bit about myself. My name is Lisa and I live in Melbourne, Australia. I met my husband Steve after a pretty wild time in my early 20’s. I was aware that I had a high libido and fought to contain it. I didn’t want to be known as a slut. Apart from normal sexual encounters I met a guy called Mark when I was 23 years old. He was different from the rest. Mark was a very strong handsome man who realising my sexuality gradually brought out my submissive side. Yes, despite my university degree and a blossoming career, behind closed doors I found that I loved being controlled sexually. Mark brought it out in me.

I am aware that I am a good-looking woman who turns heads wherever she goes. I have a great body and love to tease men by dressing in an appropriate manner, sexy but classy. It drives men wild to see my long legs and a bit of cleavage. Mark was aware of it and he encouraged me to dress in a way that drove men wild – short dresses and skirts, killer heels and low cut to give a glimpse of my assets.

After a night out watching men trying to hit on me Mark would take me home and we would play out fantasies of me being fucked by strangers. He knew how wet it always made me. He loved tying me up and fucking me up the arse telling me to imagine that I was being taken by a bunch of strangers. I would come over and over as he did it. 

He would make me flash myself in the car to truckies, suck his cock while driving alongside a truck, not letting me stop until the driver honked his horn. I always fantasised while doing this how he would take me to the truck stop following the driver and let him have his way with me, really satisfying his horn. I couldn’t stop playing with myself while I was doing it. He would spank my arse when we got home telling me what a naughty slut I was. He had me suck a dildo whilst he spanked me and fucked my arse, telling me to imagine it was the truckdriver’s cock I was sucking. It was amazing how it turned me on. 

As our relationship heated up he brought up the prospect of me really having sex with another man. I pushed back until one night he took me over his knee and spanked me relentlessly as I protested. He put his fingers between my legs and said, ‘don’t deny it, your wet pussy gives you away’. ‘I know you want to be a slut for me’ he said. I orgasmed as the words left his mouth. As I orgasmed I said ‘yes, yes, I want to be used by another man’. Mark then set up the night.

He organised a hotel in the city and we waited downstairs at the bar as I plucked up some Dutch courage. I told him that I would let the man have me but that he was not to get involved as I didn’t want to be fucked like a slut with a cock in my mouth and pussy at the same time. How I was to forget that. As we were sitting there a handsome couple in their late 20’s walked towards us. Yes, a couple. Mark had found them on the internet. They were couple’s escorts. 

The woman, who was beautiful and oh so classy said, ‘I assume you are Mark and Lisa’. I was gobsmacked. I had consumed more than a few glasses of wine to relieve my tensions and the mere sight of the woman made me wet. I had never been with another woman but like most women I had fantasised about it. The guy was well built and very handsome and had a gentle tone in his voice as he introduced himself.

Their names were Greg and Paula. Paula commented on how beautiful I was and placed a hand on my thigh just above my knee. It sent electricity through my entire body. I had on a short dress black stockings and high heeled black stilettos. What they didn’t know is that underneath I had on a jewelled g-string that Mark had purchased for me. We had a drink and made casual conversation before Paula suggested we go upstairs.

What followed was something I will never forget. I remember how sexy I felt when I took off my dress and Greg and Paula saw me in my jewelled g-string. ‘That is so sexy’ she said. That night I made love to a woman for the first time – how I loved kissing her; her smell and softness was like nothing I had ever experienced. She licked me to orgasm and at Mark’s instruction I did the same for her.

I will never forget the moment Paula told Greg that I was ready for him. He stripped off and walked over to me lying on my back legs apart with Paula between my legs licking my wet, open cunt. As his cock was next to my face I looked at Mark and saw the look of rapture on his face. I took it in my hand and then wrapped my lips around it and began sucking for all I was worth. I remember coming so powerfully at that moment with a woman doing me and a strange man’s cock in my mouth. I was feeling very slutty. All my inhibitions had gone.

They stayed for about two hours. Greg fucked me three times, once on top as I spread my legs and wrapped them around him dragging him deeply inside me, once from behind and once on top. 

A few things to add. 

Before fucking me the first time on my back Greg got on top of me in a 69 position and licked my pussy while I sucked his big cock. ‘She’s got a beautiful pussy Paula’ he said. ‘She sure has’ she responded. I felt so sexy and appreciated at that moment. Mark walked next to the bed to get a good view of me fellating Greg’s cock as he was on top of me. That turned me on so much. I was loving being a slut for him.

At one stage I was on my back with Greg licking my pussy after fucking me and I told Mark to get undressed and come and join us. I then sucked his cock as Greg licked my wet, open cunt. I felt like such a slut and was in sexual heaven. So much for my instructions to Mark before the night. Greg then flicked me on to my hands and knees on the edge of the bed and fucked me from behind. Yes, I continued to suck Mark’s cock. Greg and I came, and we decided to take a break. We had a balcony and Greg and I went outside for a cigarette. 

When we came back in Greg dropped my robe and kissed me deeply. I felt so turned on again. It was sort of crossing a line I thought to be intimate with another man in front of my boyfriend. I was crossing one line after another and loving every minute of it.

Greg than laid down on the bed and told me to suck him back to erection. I got on my hands and knees and took him into my mouth. ‘She loves being spanked whilst sucking cock’ Mark said. ‘It makes her suck it even better’. Greg then started spanking my arse and sure enough my mouth became wetter and I took him deeper and deeper. Paula then came up behind me and also spanked my arse. I was in heaven.

I needed fucking again and Greg’s cock was ready. I hopped on top and mounted him. As I was riding his cock he asked Mark if he wanted to be part of a DP. It was something I had never done but by then anything went in my mind. I felt some lubrication and then Mark’s cock slide into my back passage. There was no pain, just immense pleasure. They fucked me until they both came inside me. Greg had a condom on, but I felt Mark’s semen flood my open anal passage. I had another orgasm.

After the guys were finished with me I lay on the bed like a slut with my legs open, my cunt open and on full display. Mark, Greg and Paula were having a glass of wine standing at the end of the bed taking me in. I don’t know why I was being so immodest, but I just lay there hoping it wasn’t all over. The slut in me had been awakened. Paula said that they had to leave. Before going she looked at my open pussy and poured her glass of wine over and into it. She then finished me off with another good tongue licking, bringing on my umpteenth orgasm of the night.

I lay there exhausted as Mark paid them. Just before they left, Paula was sitting on a stool putting her heels back on. I couldn’t help myself. I got off the bed, walked over to her, spread her legs and had a last taste of that beautiful pussy. I thanked her, and they left.

Mark and I snuggled and had a great night’s sleep. I regretted nothing. Something had been awoken in me. I loved being used like a slut, I loved the tenderness of a woman, and I loved putting on a show for my partner. We tried it another time with another escort couple and while it was good it wasn’t the same as the first time. I think that was because Mark and I had started to drift apart. It wasn’t the same without having that intense desire to please him. After a two-year relationship we split up and shortly after I met my husband.

Those events with Mark slipped into my past as Steve and I built our careers. There were no children as we were focussed on our work. Sex was good between us and I loved him, but there was something missing.

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LA Opera To Investigate Plácido Domingo After Sexual Harassment Report – NPR https://www.sextoysfastshipping.club/la-opera-to-investigate-placido-domingo-after-sexual-harassment-report-npr/ Thu, 15 Aug 2019 11:01:11 +0000 https://www.sextoysfastshipping.club/la-opera-to-investigate-placido-domingo-after-sexual-harassment-report-npr/ Enlarge this image Plácido Domingo, onstage at New York’s Metropolitan Opera last year. Nine women have accused Domingo of trying to pressure them into a sexual relationship by offering them jobs. Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images hide [...]

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Multiple women have come forward to The Associated Press to allege that Plácido Domingo, one of the world’s most powerful and recognizable opera stars, sexually harassed them in a series of incidents over the course of some 30 years. In the immediate aftermath of the AP’s report, the opera company that Domingo has led for more than 15 years, the LA Opera, announced that it is beginning an investigation into his conduct. By Tuesday afternoon, both the San Francisco Opera and the Philadelphia Orchestra had rescinded upcoming performance invitations for Domingo.

In a report published Tuesday, the nine accusers, who include eight singers and a dancer, told the AP that beginning in the 1980s, Domingo tried to pressure them into sexual relationships by offering them jobs and opportunities in the insular and highly competitive world of opera. Several say that Domingo exacted career retribution against them when they refused him.

Born in Spain and raised largely in Mexico, Domingo enjoys one of the most durable and broad careers in opera. Most popularly, he was one of The Three Tenors, alongside the late Luciano Pavarotti and José Carreras; the trio’s first recording became the bestselling classical album of all time. At age 78, after decades of performing as a top tenor, Domingo works as the general director of the LA Opera in Los Angeles (where he has served in that role since 2003), runs a top global opera competition, conducts widely, and remains a major box-office draw at the world’s greatest opera stages, now singing as a baritone.

On Tuesday afternoon, the LA Opera announced that it is hiring outside counsel to investigate the allegations. “We believe all employees and artists should be treated respectfully and feel safe and secure within their work environment,” it said as part of a statement sent to NPR. “Plácido Domingo has been a dynamic creative force in the life of LA Opera and the artistic culture of Los Angeles for more than three decades. Nevertheless, we are committed to doing everything we can to foster a professional and collaborative environment where all our employees and artists feel equally comfortable, valued and respected.”

As part of a lengthy statement provided to NPR, Domingo said: “The allegations from these unnamed individuals dating back as many as thirty years are deeply troubling, and as presented, inaccurate.”

Seven of the accusers say that they suffered negative effects to their careers. According to the AP, some of the women say that “roles he promised never materialized” and several said that they were never hired to work with Domingo again.

New York’s Metropolitan Opera, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the San Francisco Opera are among the high-profile opera and classical music institutions that had engaged Domingo to perform in coming months.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Metropolitan Opera — which has engaged Domingo to sing Verdi’s Macbeth in late September and early October as well as the role of Sharpless in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly in November — released its own statement to NPR, saying that it will wait for the results of the LA Opera’s investigation before taking further steps. “We take accusations of sexual harassment and abuse of power with extreme seriousness. We will await the results of the investigation into Plácido Domingo’s behavior as head of the Los Angeles Opera before making any final decisions about Mr. Domingo’s ultimate future at the Met. It should be noted that during his career at the Met as a guest artist, Mr. Domingo has never been in a position to influence casting decisions for anyone other than himself.”

Later on Tuesday afternoon, the San Francisco Opera announced that it was canceling a concert with Domingo that had been scheduled for Oct. 6. “Though the alleged incidents reported did not take place at San Francisco Opera,” the company said, it is “unable to present the artist on the War Memorial Opera House Stage. San Francisco Opera is committed to its strong anti-sexual harassment policy and requires all company members to adhere to the highest standards of professional conduct. San Francisco Opera places a great priority on creating a safe and secure environment where everyone can focus on their work and art, and in which colleagues are treated with respect, dignity and collegiality.”

On Tuesday morning, the Philadelphia Orchestra announced that it had rescinded its invitation for Domingo to sing at its season-opening gala, saying: “The Philadelphia Orchestra Association has withdrawn its invitation to Plácido Domingo to appear as part of its opening night concert on Sept. 18, 2019. We are committed to providing a safe, supportive, respectful, and appropriate environment for the orchestra and staff, for collaborating artists and composers, and for our audiences and communities.”

The AP reports that in addition to the nine accusers, it has spoken to six other women who say that Domingo made them feel “uncomfortable” in his pursuits of them and that it also spoke to “almost three dozen other singers, dancers, orchestra musicians, members of backstage staff, voice teachers and an administrator who said they witnessed inappropriate sexually tinged behavior by Domingo and that he pursued younger women with impunity.”

One such woman who worked at the LA Opera told the AP that there was a whisper network about Domingo: “Avoid interaction with him at all costs. And definitely don’t be alone with him.” Women were warned not to be alone in an elevator with him.

According to the AP, Domingo exhibited very similar patterns of behavior with the women, including calling them persistently (often late at night), expressing interest in their burgeoning careers, and urging them to meet him at his apartment or hotel room “under the guise of offering professional advice.” Two of the women say that they succumbed to his advances, “feeling that they couldn’t risk jeopardizing their careers by saying no to the most powerful man in their profession.”

One of the anonymous women told the AP that in the late 1990s, Domingo pressured her into going to his apartment near the LA Opera’s home at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion; she was 27 and married. She said that he undressed her, undressed himself, and that they had a session of “heavy petting” and “groping.” She told the AP, “I was totally intimidated and felt like saying no to him would be saying no to God. How do you say no to God?”

Most of the women came forward to the AP anonymously; one, a former mezzo-soprano named Patricia Wulf, agreed to go public. Wulf sang with Domingo at the Washington National Opera, where he was the artistic director until 2011.

In a statement to NPR on Tuesday afternoon, Kennedy Center President Deborah F. Rutter and WNO General Director Timothy O’Leary said:

“Washington National Opera and the Kennedy Center have zero tolerance policies with regard to harassment, discrimination, or abuse of any kind, and we take allegations of this nature very seriously. The specific accusations reported today pre-date WNO’s affiliation with the Kennedy Center in 2011 — and Mr. Domingo has not been engaged by WNO since the fall of 2011. Our goal always is to ensure that all of our artists and employees can work and thrive in an environment of safety, trust, support, creativity, and mutual respect.”

They added: “The Kennedy Center did not receive any documented complaints about Mr. Domingo’s behavior prior to WNO’s affiliation with the Kennedy Center, and we have not received any since then.”

In his statement to NPR, Domingo continued: “It is painful to hear that I may have upset anyone or made them feel uncomfortable — no matter how long ago and despite my best intentions. I believed that all of my interactions and relationships were always welcomed and consensual. People who know me or who have worked with me know that I am not someone who would intentionally harm, offend, or embarrass anyone.

“However, I recognize that the rules and standards by which we are — and should be — measured against today are very different than they were in the past. I am blessed and privileged to have had a more than 50-year career in opera and will hold myself to the highest standards.”

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IL MeToo Protections: Sexual Harassment Training, Human Rights, VESSA – The National Law Review https://www.sextoysfastshipping.club/il-metoo-protections-sexual-harassment-training-human-rights-vessa-the-national-law-review/ Thu, 15 Aug 2019 11:01:11 +0000 https://www.sextoysfastshipping.club/il-metoo-protections-sexual-harassment-training-human-rights-vessa-the-national-law-review/ Wednesday, August 14, 2019 As the #MeToo movement continues to sweep the country, on August 9, 2019, Governor J.B. Pritzker signed into law Illinois Senate Bill 75 (now Public Act 101-0221) which will mandate statewide [...]

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

As the #MeToo movement continues to sweep the country, on August 9, 2019, Governor J.B. Pritzker signed into law Illinois Senate Bill 75 (now Public Act 101-0221) which will mandate statewide sexual harassment training for employers in Illinois and add other obligations and restrictions aimed at curbing sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace.

Taking effect in just a few short months, the Act will require at least some policy, practice, and contract revisions by virtually all Illinois employers.

Substantively, Senate Bill 75 amends the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA) and the Victims’ Economic Security and Safety Act (VESSA) in numerous significant ways, and enacts the Workplace Transparency Act (WTA) and Hotel and Casino Employee Safety Act.

Unless otherwise noted, these amendments and new laws take effect January 1, 2020.

Illinois Human Rights Act Amendments

Senate Bill 75 adds the following provisions to the IHRA, which are applicable to most Illinois employers. The amendments may also apply in some cases to non-Illinois employers that have telecommuters or remote employees located in Illinois.

Sexual Harassment Prevention Training

The Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) will be required to produce a model sexual harassment prevention training program aimed at the prevention of sexual harassment in the workplace, which will be made available on the IDHR’s website once completed. Similar to existing laws in California and New York, the model program must include, at a minimum:

  1. An explanation of sexual harassment under the IHRA

  2. Examples of conduct that constitutes unlawful sexual harassment

  3. A summary of relevant federal and state statutory provisions concerning sexual harassment, including remedies available to victims of sexual harassment

  4. A summary of employer responsibilities concerning the prevention, investigation, and corrective measures of sexual harassment.

Once the IDHR posts this model program, all Illinois employers must either use the model sexual harassment prevention training program to train its workforce or establish its own policy that is equivalent to or exceeds the minimum standards applicable under the model policy. This training must be provided by employers at least once a year to all employees.

If an employer fails to comply, it will be issued a notice to show cause giving it 30 days to comply, with a failure to do so resulting in a civil penalty of $1,000 for a first offense, $3,000 for a second offense, and $5,000 for a third or any subsequent offense.

Employer Disclosure Requirements

Beginning July 1, 2020, and by each July 1 thereafter until 2030, employers with an adverse judgment or administrative ruling in the preceding calendar year in which there was a finding of sexual harassment or unlawful discrimination under the IHRA, Title VII, or any other federal, state or local law prohibiting sexual harassment or discrimination must annually disclose to the IDHR the following:

  1. The number of adverse judgments or administrative rulings during the preceding year

  2. Whether equitable relief was ordered

  3. How many such judgments or rulings occurred in each of the discrete protected characteristics under the IHRA

Additionally, if the IDHR is investigating a charge of discrimination, it may require the employer responding to the charge to submit the total number of settlements entered into during the preceding five years related to sexual harassment or unlawful discrimination.

Data reported by employers is deemed confidential under the law and is not subject to Freedom of Information Act requests or third-party requests. Using this data, the IDHR will publish an annual report aggregating the information reported without disclosing the identity of any individual employer to the public.

Employers found to have violated this section of the IHRA will be assessed a civil penalty of $1,000 for a first offense, $3,000 for a second offense, and $5,000 for a third or any subsequent offense.

Expanded Definition of “Harassment”

In one particularly notable expansion, the IHRA amendments expand the definition of “harassment” by clarifying that harassment of non-employees – such as contractors and consultants – is covered under the definition of “harassment” under the Act. The amendments also alter the definition of “working environment” to clarify that it is not limited to the physical location where an employee is assigned to perform his or her job duties.

The amendments expressly limit liability for harassment by non-managerial and non-supervisory employees to only those cases where the employer becomes aware of the conduct and fails to take reasonable corrective measures.

Court Proceedings

The IHRA amendments detail certain procedures whereby the IDHR must dismiss an IHRA complaint and issue a right to sue upon the filing of a lawsuit. Specifically, if a charging party initiates a federal or state court action seeking relief on some or all of the same issues that form the basis of a charge pending with the Illinois Human Rights Commission, upon request by either party to the lawsuit within ten business days of the IDHR’s receipt of the federal or state complaint, the IDHR must dismiss the IHRA complaint and provide the complainant a notice of right to sue.

The charging party would then have 30 days after his or her receipt of the administrative dismissal to file for review of the dismissal by the Commission.

Victims’ Economic Security and Safety Act Amendments

Senate Bill 75 also amends VESSA to add Gender Violence” as a protected category under the Act. VESSA requires employers to grant leave to employees to seek care or attend court proceedings for themselves or a family member who is the victim of domestic or sexual violence. Under the amendments, “gender violence” is defined as a criminal offense that is committed “at least in part, on the basis of a person’s actual or perceived sex or gender.” This addition appears to be intended to capture violence against an individual on the basis of sexual identity, such as transgender individuals, and would require that an employer grant impacted employees leave to seek care or attend court proceedings for themselves or a family member if they qualify under this expanded definition of domestic and sexual violence under VESSA.

Workplace Transparency Act Created

Senate Bill 75 also creates the WTA which impacts the enforceability of certain waiver, arbitration, and confidentiality provisions in employment, separation, and settlement agreements. The WTA applies to contracts “entered into, modified, or extended on or after the effective date of this Act,” or on or after August 9, 2019.

The WTA prohibits employers from restricting prospective, current, or former employees from reporting allegations of “unlawful employment practices” which are defined as “any form of unlawful discrimination, harassment, or retaliation.” Such provisions are allowed under the WTA if the employer and prospective, current, or former employee mutually agree in writing and where the written agreement demonstrates an “actual, knowing, and bargained-for consideration” for the otherwise barred provisions and explicitly acknowledges the employee’s right to report any unlawful employment practices to government agencies and comply with any other legal process. Any employment agreement that fails to comply with these limitations is presumed to be unilateral and void as against public policy.

The WTA does still permit the inclusion of confidentiality provisions in employment, separation, or settlement agreements “that includes promises of confidentiality related to alleged unlawful employment practices” provided that:

  1. Confidentiality is the documented preference of the employee and is mutually beneficial to both parties.

  2. The employer notifies the employee in writing of his or her right to have an attorney review the agreement.

  3. The inclusion of the confidentiality provision is accompanied by valid, bargained for consideration.

  4. The agreement does not waive any claims of unlawful employment practices that accrue after the execution of the agreement.

  5. The employee is given 21 days to consider the agreement before signing it.

  6. Unless knowingly and voluntarily waived, the employee has seven days following the execution of the agreement to revoke their agreement.

The WTA provides that a prospective, current, or former employee may recover attorneys’ fees and costs incurred in challenging a contract that violates the Act if the contract is ultimately found unenforceable.

The WTA does not restrict employers from requiring any of the following persons to maintain confidentiality of allegations of unlawful employment practices made by others:

  • Employees who receive complaints or investigate allegations related to unlawful employment practices as part of their assigned job duties

  • An employee or third party who is notified and requested to participate in an open and ongoing investigation into alleged unlawful employment practices and is requested to maintain confidentiality during the pendency of the investigation

  • An employee who receives attorney work-product or attorney-client privileged communications as part of a claim involving unlawful employment practices

  • Any individual covered by a legal privilege

  • Any third party engaged by the employer to investigate alleged unlawful employment practices

Hotel and Casino Employee Safety Act

Senate Bill 75 also creates the Hotel and Casino Employee Safety Act, which requires employers in the hotel and gaming industries to equip employees who work in an isolated environment (e.g., in a guest room, restroom, or casino floor) with a notification device – at the employer’s expense – that will alert hotel or casino security or management that the employee is in need of immediate assistance if the employee “reasonably believes that an ongoing crime, sexual harassment, sexual assault, or other emergency is occurring in the employee’s presence.”

The Act also requires that each hotel or casino employer “develop, maintain, and comply with a written anti-sexual harassment policy to protect employees against sexual assault and sexual harassment by guests.”

Key Takeaways for Illinois Employers

On the basis of these substantial new requirements and restrictions aimed at curbing sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace and increasing the scope of information that may become publicly available, impacted employers need to immediately review their anti-harassment, anti-discrimination, and confidentiality policies and procedures for compliance. In addition, existing training, reporting, and investigation procedures also should be promptly reviewed for compliance. Employment contracts, including severance agreements, also should be reviewed.

Most provisions of the Act become effective January 1, 2020, and thus require Illinois employers to act quickly. Nearly all Illinois employers will undoubtedly need to undertake at least some type of policy, practice, training, or contract revisions to comply.

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Women In Film LA Expands Sexual Harassment Help Line To New York – Deadline https://www.sextoysfastshipping.club/women-in-film-la-expands-sexual-harassment-help-line-to-new-york-deadline/ Thu, 15 Aug 2019 11:01:10 +0000 https://www.sextoysfastshipping.club/women-in-film-la-expands-sexual-harassment-help-line-to-new-york-deadline/ Women In Film Los Angeles (WIF LA) is partnering with New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) and The Actors Fund to expand its Sexual Harassment Help Line to New York. Launched in December [...]

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Women In Film Los Angeles (WIF LA) is partnering with New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) and The Actors Fund to expand its Sexual Harassment Help Line to New York.

Launched in December 2017, the WIF LA Help Line is an active measure to provide support to those who have experienced sexual harassment or misconduct while working in the entertainment industry. When the #MeToo movement hit in October 2017, things shifted in the industry and WIF LA’s Help Line emerged as a crucial resource serving our community — and continues to serve as a resource today.

An integrated program designed to meet the specific needs of victims and survivors working in entertainment, the Help Line’s trauma-informed responders provide emotional support and information on victims’ rights, along with referrals to pro bono employment attorneys, a free and confidential support group, and low-fee individual therapy.

WIF Executive Director Kirsten Schaffer said, “To reach gender parity in the entertainment industry, women need to feel safe in the workplace and to have recourse when their rights have been violated. In the nearly two years since the WIF Help Line launched, we have noticed a need coming from our colleagues in New York. By expanding the Help Line, in partnership with our dedicated colleagues at NYWIFT and The Actors Fund, we will provide crucial support to film and television workers in two of our industry’s busiest cities, and continue to empower our community to transform the culture of entertainment.”

“NYWIFT is proud to partner on the Sexual Harassment Help Line’s expansion to New York,” said NYWIFT Board President Jamie Zelermyer. “Providing structured support, guidance, and actionable solutions – in addition to a caring and sympathetic ear – is vital to the creation of safe, equitable and inclusive working environments in our industry.”

The expanded partnership will have extended hours to serve the East Coast by providing referrals to pro bono employment attorneys, low-fee individual therapy in the New York City area, and Safe Space at The Actors Fund NY—a free support group facilitated by The Actors Fund clinicians who advocate for the empowerment of survivors in entertainment.

For support and more information about Safe Space at The Actors Fund New York, call the Women In Film Help Line toll-free at 855-WIF-LINE.

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