In most professions, friendly office banter is usually a welcome way to reduce stress. However, lines can be blurred when banter borders on sexually suggestive comments and then quickly turns into sexual harassment if pornography and lewd comments enter the picture. Although this may seem extreme, in the case of two hospital staffers in New York, it was what they experienced from their boss.
A hostile working environment is not conducive to New York business. It can also be an affront to workers' labor and civil rights. Unfortunately, despite ongoing campaigns to push for equal rights in the workplace and overall progress, some employers and supervisors still fail to grasp the terms "equality" and "respect" in the workplace. Take, for example, the case of two African-American women who are former employees of a fast-food restaurant in Queens. The two recently filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against McDonald's.
In society as a whole and in workplaces in particular, stereotyped gender roles are slowly becoming relics of the past. Women not only get more employment opportunities but also have more chances to develop careers. Unfortunately, some establishments seem to have trouble with the concepts of equality, tolerance and respect. According to former employees, a country bar in midtown Manhattan seems to be one of those establishments.
One of the duties of a Transportation Union Workers Supervisor is to keep track of assaults and other unlawful behavior against bus drivers. However, in a recent case in New York, it is the supervisor himself who is being accused of unlawful behavior.