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75 percent of workplace harassment victims who complain face retaliation, study finds

comprehensive study conducted in 2016  by the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission uncovered some troubling truths about harassment in the workplace.

» RELATED: Sexual harassment in the workplace: What is it, how to report it and more you should know

In a preface to the report, EEOC co-chairs wrote the number of harassment complaints the team receives every year is still striking 30 years after the U.S. Supreme Court recognized sexual harassment as a form of discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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“We present this report with a firm, and confirmed, belief that too many people in too many workplaces find themselves in unacceptably harassing situations when they are simply trying to do their jobs,” the co-chairs wrote.

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The EEOC selected a 16-member team from a variety of disciplines and regions to be part of the Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace, to conduct an 18-month study in which they heard from more than 30 witnesses and received numerous public comments.

Here are some of the report’s key findings about workplace harassment: 

It’s still a problem.

Nearly one-third of the 90,000 charges EEOC received in 2015 included an allegation of workplace harassment, according to the report.

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It too often goes unreported.

Roughly three out of four victims of harassment spoke to a supervisor or representative about the harassment.

It’s also common, the report found, for those who experience harassment to either ignore and avoid the harasser, downplay the situation, try to forget the harassment or endure it.

“Employees who experience harassment fail to report the harassing behavior or to file a complaint because they fear disbelief of their claim, inaction on their claim, blame, or social or professional retaliation,” report authors wrote.

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Anywhere between 25-85 percent of women reported sex-based harassment.

Using testimonies and academic articles, analysts dug deeper into the widely divergent numbers.

They found that when asked if they experienced “sexual harassment” without defining the term, 25 percent of women reported they had.

The rate grew to 40 percent when employees were asked about specific unwanted sex-based behaviors.

And when respondents were asked similar questions in surveys using convenience samples, or people who are easy to reach, such as student volunteers, the incidence rate rose to 75 percent, researchers found.

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“Based on this consistent result, researchers have concluded that many individuals do not label certain forms of unwelcome sexually based behaviors – even if they view them as problematic or offensive – as ‘sexual harassment,’” authors wrote.

More men are reporting workplace sexual assault.

According to the EEOC, reports of men experiencing workplace sexual assault have nearly doubled between 1990 and 2009 and now account for 8 to 16 percent of all claims.

» RELATED: Sexual harassment in the workplace: What is it, how to report it and more you should know

Seventy-five percent of harassment victims faced retaliation when they came forward.

The EEOC report noted the results of a 2003 study, which found “75 percent of employees who spoke out against workplace mistreatment faced some form of retaliation.”

Victims often avoid reporting the harassment, because they feel it’s the most “reasonable” course of action, another researcher found.

Indifference or trivialization in the organization, according to the report, can harm the victim “in terms of adverse job repercussions and psychological distress.”

These are just some of the risk factors associated with workplace harassment:

  • Workplaces with lack of diversity in terms of gender, race or ethnicity, age
  • Workplaces with extreme diversity
  • Workplaces with many young workers
  • Workplaces with significant power disparities, such as companies with executives, military member, plant managers
  • Service industries that rely on customer service or client satisfaction
  • Workplaces with monotonous or low-intensity tasks

In addition to being plain wrong, there’s a business case for stopping and preventing harassment.

The EEOC report found there are a multitude of financial costs associated with harassment complaints, such as time and resources dealing with litigation, settlements and damages.

Harassment can also lead to decreased workplace performance and productivity, reputational harm and increased turnover rates.

But the bottom line, according to the report, is: “Employers should care about preventing harassment because it is the right thing to do, and because stopping illegal harassment is required of them.”

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Monument battle raging in Texas, threatening to reshape how people remember the Alamo

new battle is raging at the Alamo — between protesters and a master plan committee that is determined to reshape the battleground to fit their vision.

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Outside the Alamo gates, a 60-foot monument called a cenotaph memorializes those who fought in Texas’ most notable battle. The monument includes individual carvings of those who fought in the battle for the Alamo, along with a list of names.

The popular attraction, situated near the Alamo itself, goes a long way in fulfilling Texans’ promise to “Remember the Alamo!”

However, a committee plans to remove the cenotaph to make the area surrounding the battleground look more “historic” as it would have appeared at the time of the battle.

Protesters descended on the monument this past Saturday to fight its removal, carrying signs that said “Save the Alamo” and “Don’t move the cenotaph!”

“I’m a Texan at heart and I think it’s important that it remains where it’s at,” said protester Jaime Mendez.

The committee, made up largely of city leaders, say they would move the monument to a nearby location.

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“The Cenotaph is always going to remain,” Assistant City Manager Lori Houston told My San Antonio. “But no final decision on its location has been made.”

While the master plan committee says they are returning the site to its historic look, they also plan to turn part of the Alamo into a park and museum.

Congressional candidate describes close encounter with aliens, visit to spaceship

A Republican Congressional candidate in Miami has described a close encounter with aliens when she was young and a visit to their spaceship.

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Doral, Florida’s first economic director and former city county member, Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera, 59, discussed her extraterrestrial experience in a 2009 TV interview, according to the Miami Herald

Rodriguez Aguilera explained that “three blond, big-bodied beings” visited her when she was 7 years old, and “communicated telepathically.” 

“I went in. There were some round seats that were there, and some quartz rocks that controlled the ship — not like airplanes,” she said in an interview with a local Spanish-language station, America TeVe.

She also said during the interview that there are 30,000 “inhuman” skulls in a cave in the Mediterranean island of Malta, that the world’s “energy center” is in Africa, and that the “Coral Castle” attraction in Miami-Dade is actually an ancient Egyptian pyramid. 

Rodriquez Aguilera announced her 2018 campaign to replace Miami Republican, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen in August. 

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When the Miami Herald spoke with Rodriquez Aguilera on Friday about her close encounter with aliens she did not mention her personal story, but said U.S. presidents like Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter “publicly claimed to have seen unidentified flying objects,” and that Stephen Hawking “stated that there are billions of galaxies in the universe and we are probably not alone.” 

Man accused of ‘marrying’ 11-year-old stepdaughter, holding her captive for 19 years

An Oklahoma man was arrested in Mexico earlier this month amid allegations that he “married” his 11-year-old stepdaughter in a van, abducted her and kept her captive as his “wife” for nearly 20 years. 

Henri Michele Piette, 62, is charged with first-degree rape, two counts of lewd molestation and child abuse by injury, according to Oklahoma court records. He was taken into custody Oct. 5 in Mexico, where he lived with the victim and their children for years after her alleged abduction. 

The Oklahoman reported that the now 33-year-old victim, Rosalynn Michelle McGinnis, is speaking out about her ordeal since returning to the United States. Court records show that McGinnis escaped captivity last year with eight of her nine children and found her way to a U.S. Embassy in Mexico, where she received help. 

Her oldest child, a boy, had already run away from the remote village in which they lived. McGinnis told People magazine in August that she has since been reunited with her son. 

Piette was still at large and under investigation by federal investigators when McGinnis first detailed her ordeal and subsequent escape. 

“I knew that if I didn’t get out of there, I’d either go insane or I would end up dying and leaving my kids with that man,” McGinnis told the magazine.

She alleged in her interview that she was raped, beaten, stabbed, choked and shot during her captivity.  

Piette, who has since been returned to Wagoner County for prosecution, told Fox23 News in Tulsa last week that he’s innocent. 

“Most of it are lies,” he told the news station as he shuffled into a courtroom for a hearing, surrounded by deputies. “Ninety-nine percent are lies. I’m telling the truth.”

He also denied raping McGinnis.

“I never raped any children. I made love to my wife,” Piette said. “We were married.”

McGinnis told investigators that Piette first raped her at the age of 11 at their home in Wagoner, the Oklahoman reported. He later “married” her in the back of a van, giving her a ring.

Piette’s son told FBI investigators in January that he performed the “ceremony” for his father. The son was 15 at the time.

McGinnis told People that her “marriage” to Piette took place the day before he legally married her mother. 

McGinnis’ mother later left Piette because of abuse in the home, the Oklahoman said. She and her daughter were living at a woman’s shelter in Poteau, about 100 miles southeast of Wagoner, when Piette abducted the girl in January 1997 from her new school. 

Piette introduced McGinnis to his children as their new mother, court records obtained by the newspaper showed. In the subsequent years, they moved frequently, living in Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Montana and Idaho before moving on to Mexico.

“McGinnis stated that she was sexually assaulted multiple times a day almost every day while she was with Piette,” the court documents read.

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Piette would return to Oklahoma occasionally and make McGinnis mail letters from there so authorities would believe she was still living somewhere in the state, she told investigators. He also changed everyone’s names often to stay hidden.

McGinnis told People that, at the age of 18, she was forced by Piette to get her name and photo taken off national missing persons’ lists. 

“He parked three blocks down the road from the Phoenix Police Department, and he had three of my children,” she told the magazine. “He told me what to tell them. He said that if I didn’t come back within two hours, I would never see my children again.”

McGinnis said she walked into the police station and told officers that she had run away from home at 12 because her parents were drug addicts and that “nice people” had taken her in and raised her. Police, with no evidence to the contrary, were forced to believe her. 

She returned to Piette and her captivity, where she remained for another 13 years. In that time frame, she had another six children by her alleged abductor. 

Guy Fieri cooks meals for victims of California wildfires

Celebrity chef Guy Fieri used his talents to help firefighters and first responders as wildfires devastated thousands in Northern California.

KTVU reported that Fieri teamed up with the Salvation Army and created a temporary kitchen in a parking lot of the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building Thursday in his hometown of Santa Rosa, California.

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“Firefighters have been eating out of their big lunch packs; they get these big package meals, which are awesome. But nothing beats a hot meal,” Fieri said.

Fieri told KRON that he and other volunteers cooked thousands of meals with barbecue favorites including roasted chicken, pulled pork and mac and cheese.

“This is the least we can do,” Fieri told KTVU. “We’re so happy to do it. We’re so sorry for friends who have lost homes. There’s a lot of really good people coming together.”

Fieri told KRON that people from all backgrounds came to help. He also praised Operation BBQ Relief, a nonprofit that works to bring comfort food to displaced people.

“It’s terrible in so many ways, but it’s wonderful to see great people coming together,” Fieri said to KRON.

“We fed 1,200 just for lunch, we just did 1,500 for dinner, we’re getting ready to send 250 out on the fire line,” Fieri said. He expected to make about 5,000 meals each for lunch and dinner the next day.

“We’re going to be here as long as it takes to make sure that everybody’s taken care of,” he said.

More than 2,800 residences in Santa Rosa have been destroyed by the fire.

Many pro sports teams have been protesting Donald Trump’s presidency in a subtle way

The public feud between President Donald Trump and various players, coaches and sports leagues over the issues has been well-documented, but what you may not be aware of is the way this feud has carried on in private.

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A thorough report from the Washington Post, which called all 123 pro sports teams, found that teams that stayed at Donald Trump’s hotels around the country stopped after his political career launched.

“Most notably, the Trump SoHo hotel, which used to serve as a regular home-away-from-home for NBA teams staying in New York, has been dropped by at least 11 teams across the NBA since President Trump began his campaign in 2015,” the report says, naming the Toronto Raptors, Phoenix Suns, Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings and Washington Wizards among these.

In total, 16 of 17 teams known to have stayed at Trump’s hotels say they are no longer doing business there. The Post provided the names of those teams and when they stopped staying at Trump’s hotels.

We called all 123 pro teams. These are the teams that stayed at @realDonaldTrump's hotels. Almost all have quit. — David Fahrenthold (@Fahrenthold) October 12, 2017

Among those 17, only the New Orleans Pelicans declined to comment.

In total, 106 teams were reached. 72 said that they have not stayed at Trump properties, 18 declined to comment and the rest were the 16 that confirmed they are no longer staying at the hotels.

While the Post acknowledged that it is not clear if all teams took their business elsewhere “explicitly due to the president’s politics,” one coach was clear that it was about politics.

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“The president has seemingly made a point of dividing us as best he can. He continually offends people, and so people don’t want to stay at his hotel. It’s pretty simple,” Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr confirmed.

It’s not the first time Kerr, whose championship team notably turned down a visit to the White House, made his thoughts about the Trump presidency known.

Obama said the U.S. wouldn’t abandon Bergdahl, who has since pleaded guilty to desertion

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was controversially freed by the Taliban in 2014 in exchange for the Obama Administration releasing five Guantanamo Bay prisoners, pleaded guilty Monday to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.

RELATED: Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl admits to desertion charge

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The news brings us back to the day when then-President Barack Obama, flanked by Bergdahl’s parents, announced from the White House that “The United States does not ever leave our men and women in uniform behind,” even as accusations that Bergdahl had deserted swirled.

At the time, one Democratic lawmaker praised the move, calling Bergdahl an “American hero.”

An American hero is coming home. — Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) May 31, 2014

Today we’ve learned that a military prosecutor made no agreement to limit punishment for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in return for the soldier’s guilty pleas to charges that he endangered comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan in 2009.

Bergdahl entered guilty pleas to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy and Army Col. Judge Jeffery R. Nance accepted those pleas.

RELATED: Former Taliban prisoner Bowe Bergdahl says he’s not a traitor

Bergdahl was asked questions to make sure he understands what he’s pleading guilty to, and that his offenses carry a maximum punishment of life in prison. The judge asked him one last time if he wanted to plead guilty, and Bergdahl replied, “yes.”

“I left my observation post on my own,” he added. “I understand leaving was against the law.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Travelers from 9 states will need passports for domestic flights in 2018

The deadline is approaching for nine states that have yet to update state IDs in compliance with the REAL ID Act, which was passed in 2005.

As a result, residents in those nine states will have to present a valid U.S. passport -- instead of a driver’s license or ID -- to travel within the U.S. and beyond. 

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Travelers who live in the following states will be affected: 

  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • Washington

Other forms of identification that will be accepted by TSA at airports for travelers living in those nine states will be a permanent resident card/green card or a military ID. Other forms of acceptable identification are listed on the official TSA website.

Some states have started working to provide residents with other forms of federally approved identification that would allow travelers to avoid ordering a passport for domestic travel, Forbes reported. Travelers are encouraged to check with local government officials for any potential options. 

Those who visit airports starting Jan. 22 without acceptable identification will not be allowed through airport security.

The REAL ID Act came after 9/11 as an effort to ensure safer travel within the US. According to Clark Howard, despite the fact that Congress passed the act 10 years ago, enforcement of the new regulations wasn’t pushed until 2013.

Some of the nine states are scrambling to update state IDs to meet compliance standards in the next three months. Budget shortages have delayed some states, including Oklahoma, from making the ID updates. 

Those who live in one of the nine states that do not have TSA-compliant IDs may want to consider ordering a passport sooner rather than later. It generally takes four to six weeks to process passport orders, according to the Department of State.

Man says his wife forced him to “go missing” in the woods for ten years

A gardener from Birmingham, England says he had no choice but to flee his wife of three years, forcing him to live in the woods for a decade.

That’s according to Emmaus Greenwich, a shelter in London, where Malcolm Applegate finally resurfaced. The 62-year-old man says “the more work I took on, the angrier my wife got – she didn’t like me being out of the house for long periods of time.”

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While he says he tried to make things work, it just wasn’t meant to be: “Without a word to anyone, not even family, I packed up and left,” he says. “I went missing for ten years.” Applegate continued gardening for a community center while living in the woods.

He’s since contacted his sister, who he said “assumed [he] was dead.” Their reunion was emotional, he says:

“It had been a decade since I’d last seen her, and in that time she had been to all of the Salvation Army hostels in the South trying to find me … I wrote her a letter once I was settled in Greenwich and she phoned me up, in floods of tears. We now have a great relationship again.”

He loves his new life at the shelter, reports the Daily Mail.

Trump just slammed kneeling during the anthem again, prompting a response from a CNN analyst

President Donald Trump once again criticized kneeling during the national anthem as “very disrespectful,” sparking a confrontational moment between him and CNN political analyst April Ryan.

RELATED: President Trump finds the silver lining during NFL anthem protests

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The exchange occurred near the end of a lengthy joint press conference at the Rose Garden Monday afternoon headed by Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), a presser that covered a swath of issues including: tax reform, healthcare repeal, who is running for president in 2020 — of which Trump implored Hillary Clinton to run again — Bowe Bergdahl and kneeling during the national anthem.

“You’re disrespecting our flag and you’re disrespecting our country, and the NFL should have suspended some of these players for one game, not fire them, suspend them for one game and if they did it again,” Trump said of the protests spread that have spread throughout the NFL. “It could have been two games and three games and then for the season. You wouldn’t have people disrespecting our country right now.”

CNN political analyst, White House Correspondent and Washington Bureau Chief at American Urban Radio Networks April Ryan responded to the president’s comments by saying that the reason it’s a “police-involved shooting issue.”

“That’s what the players are saying,” she said.

1 @AprilDRyan makes sure Pres Dump hears her Q about "police shootings" in regards to NFL protest. Pres. Dump cites untrue ratings decline — Andrew Jerell Jones (@sluggahjells) October 16, 2017

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The president replied by repeating his stance.

“Just hear it. Hear it. It is very disrespectful to our country when they take a knee during the national anthem,” he said. Trump also said that the “people of our country are very angry at the NFL,” adding “all you have to do is look at their ratings and look at their stadiums. You see empty seats where you never saw them before.”

You can watch the whole press conference above.

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