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Yoga Guru in Sexual Harassment Case

April 26, 2013

Yoga Guru Moves into the Limelight in Recent Sexual Harassment Case

Author: Discrimination lawyer Alena Shautsova

Bikram Choudhury is well-known in the yoga world for teaching yoga sequences in a
105 degree temperature environment. Currently, he is sitting in the hot seat for
alleged sexual harassment. Shirley McClain was one of his first yoga students in the
1970’s and since that time he has built his yoga business into a million dollar empire,
charging students $25 a session.

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Sexual Harassment at Columbia University

March 27, 2013

Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment in New York at Columbia University

Author: Discrimination lawyer Alena Shautsova

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) explains that quid pro quo sexual harassment involves a superior and subordinate where the superior demands sexual favors and the subordinate’s submission or rejection subsequently affects work decisions.

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Burger King $2.5 million Sexual Harassment settlement

March 18, 2013

Burger King Settles Sexual Harassment Lawsuit for $2.5 Million

Author: Discrimination Attorney Alena Shautsova

Carrols Corp. the owner of Burger King restaurants throughout the United States recently negotiated a $2.5 million sexual harassment settlement. The settlement resulted from a 15-year old federal lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in January 2013.

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How Common Is Sexual Harassment in the Workplace?

February 23, 2013

In 2011, ABC News and the Washington Post polled workers to determine how prevalent sexual harassment was in the workplace and evaluate the public’s concern about it. The survey revealed that one in four women and one in ten men had experienced workplace sexual harassment. Other statistics were as follows:
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Millions Spent to Settle Government Sexual Harassment Cases

February 12, 2013

Author: Law Firm of Alena Shautsova

Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which applies to individuals working in both the private and public sectors. An article in The New York Times reported that the State of New York paid $5 million to settle 11 sexual harassment cases between 2008 and 2010. Out of 11 of theses cases, five involved the State Department of Corrections and Community services and three involved public universities. According to the Attorney General’s Office, these cases are only a fraction of the sexual harassment cases that occurred in government or public employment workplaces.
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Confidentiality and Retaliation in Sexual Harassment Claims

January 21, 2013

Author: NY Employment Lawyer Alena Shautsova

Sometimes people filing sexual harassment claims are concerned about keeping the filing confidential. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), EEOC employees must keep the matter strictly confidential during the investigation. However, once charges are filed, the law requires the EEOC to disclose a copy of the charges to the employer and at that point all details about alleged discrimination and the person filing the charges are disclosed. The employer has the opportunity to review the information and dispute the charge.
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