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UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 12, 2019

McDonald’s workers say anti-harassment efforts fall short

Jenna Ries has filed a class-action lawsuit against the fast-food chain. She’s one of at least 50 workers who have filed separate sexual harassment charges against McDonald’s with the U.S. …


100 years ago in Spokane: Boys accused of “forcibly hugging and kissing” telephone operators given lecture by judge

Three boys were on trial in police court for “forcibly hugging and kissing” two young telephone operators.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 28, 2019

McDonald’s offering harassment training to all U.S. workers

McDonald’s – facing dozens of cases of alleged sexual harassment filed by its workers – is introducing a new training program for its U.S. employees.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 15, 2019

Report: Levi’s, Wrangler, Lee seamstresses harassed, abused

Women sewing blue jeans for Levi’s, Wrangler, Lee and The Children’s Place faced sexual harassment and gender-based violence and some were coerced into having sex with supervisors to keep their …


UPDATED: Sat., July 27, 2019

Hundreds of new Washington laws take effect Sunday

New laws governing everything from partially full wine bottles to fracking are set to become law on Sunday.


UPDATED: Mon., March 11, 2019

Google paid former exec $35 million after harassment claim

Google paid former search executive Amit Singhal $35 million in an exit package when he was reportedly forced to resign after a sexual assault investigation, according to court documents released …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 20, 2018

WSU investigation finds Jason Gesser violated sexual harassment policy

Alyssa Bodeau didn’t know how her life would change after she decided to come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against former Washington State University quarterback Jason Gesser.


Congress passes overhaul of sexual harassment policies

Congress approved an overhaul Thursday of its process for handling sexual harassment claims, capping a tumultuous year that saw more than a half-dozen lawmakers resign amid allegations of sexual misconduct.


Forest Service chief vows to rid agency of sexual harassment

Amid scrutiny stemming from fresh revelations of rampant discrimination, bullying, retaliation and sexual misconduct at the U.S. Forest Service, the agency’s new chief pledged Thursday that she will “do everything …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 1, 2018

Pullman police sergeant charged with sexual misconduct propositioned fellow employee in 2016

Pullman police sergeant Jerry Daniel “Dan” Hargraves, charged this week with first-degree custodial sexual misconduct, was the focus of a 2016 internal affairs investigation at the Pullman Police Department, which …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 9, 2018

Former principal accused of sexual harassment hosts key Ybarra campaign event

Republican schools chief Sherri Ybarra held the only campaign event she’s publicly promoting, a two-hour fundraiser Friday with a small crowd inside an Eagle bar.


Juvenile detention set in upskirt video case

A teen who shot upskirt videos of female students at Union High School and hacked into numerous social media accounts, sharing their private nude photos, was sentenced Tuesday to 84 …


Fife school board finds principal sexually harassed teachers

A school board in Fife has determined that one of its middle school principals sexually harassed teachers under his supervision.


UPDATED: Thu., May 17, 2018

‘Catfish’ star Nev Schulman accused of sexual misconduct, MTV suspends show amid investigation

MTV has suspended production of its long-running cyber-dating series “Catfish: The TV Show” pending an investigation into sexual misconduct claims against host and executive producer Nev Schulman.


UPDATED: Tue., May 15, 2018

City investigates bullying among employees of Spokane Fire Department

Spokane Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer responded Tuesday to allegations of bullying, sexual harassment and hazing within the department that were exposed recently in a lengthy investigative report.


During tense meeting, Stratton says allegations of a ‘sexual predator’ are not within City Council’s purview

Spokane City Councilwoman Karen Stratton capped Monday evening’s council meeting with a blunt message, saying she is “tired and increasingly resentful” of accusations that some council members don’t support women …


NBC says no culture of harassment in its news division

NBC News’ internal investigation following Matt Lauer’s firing says it doesn’t believe there is a culture of sexual harassment at the division and that current management wasn’t aware of Lauer’s …


UPDATED: Fri., May 4, 2018

3 women sue CBS News and Charlie Rose, alleging harassment

Three women who worked with Charlie Rose filed a sexual harassment lawsuit Friday against CBS News and the television journalist.


UPDATED: Fri., April 27, 2018

Pennsylvania congressman who settled sexual harassment charge resigns

A Pennsylvania congressman who used taxpayer money to settle a former aide’s sexual harassment charges abruptly resigned from Congress on Friday.


‘Me too’ activist Tarana Burke, Pulitzer winner Ronan Farrow garner big crowd at Gonzaga appearance

During an hourlong conversation moderated by KHQ’s Stephanie Vigil, Tarana Burke and Ronan Farrow, who have been regarded as leaders of the #MeToo movement, dissected what the movement means, where …


Jury: Boat dealer condoned sexually hostile work environment

A Tacoma jury has awarded a former boat salesman $800,000 after finding his managers bullied him relentlessly and exposed him to a sexually hostile work environment, and then fired him …


UPDATED: Wed., April 18, 2018

Investigation finds harassment, discrimination by associate athletic director who resigned last year

A internal investigation by Washington State University has found that over a three-year period, a former athletics administrator violated the school’s Title IX policies by making inappropriate comments in the …


Gonzaga set to welcome #MeToo trailblazers including Pulitzer Prize winner Ronan Farrow

Gonzaga University has another draw for its Friday night event bringing two speakers to campus to discuss the #MeToo movement: a Pulitzer Prize winner.


UPDATED: Tue., March 27, 2018

At SFCC, claims of sexual improprieties followed Darren Pitcher for years

The investigation that led Darren Pitcher to resign as acting president of Spokane Falls Community College began with an anonymous letter. Five women signed it with an “X” in place …


UPDATED: Wed., March 21, 2018

Washington takes lead in #MeToo campaign against on-the-job harassment

Washington laws take aim at sexual harassment on the job, equal pay and expanded health care coverage for women.


Microsoft says it fired about 20 people last year for sexual harassment

Microsoft has defended its handling of gender-discrimination complaints, and said it fired about 20 people last year after sexual-harassment investigations.


UPDATED: Thu., March 15, 2018

Employment agency head, accused of inappropriate conduct, resigns

Dale Peinecke, head of the state Employment Security Department, resigns amid allegations of inappropriate conduct to female employees.


UPDATED: Tue., March 13, 2018

Female Microsoft employees filed hundreds of complaints of gender discrimination

Female Microsoft employees in technical roles filed 118 complaints of gender discrimination with the company between 2010 and 2016, according to court documents. Microsoft’s internal investigation unit concluded just one …


UPDATED: Fri., March 9, 2018

Red Lion Hotels, Lithia Motors face lawsuits involving sexual harassment claims

Two companies with large presences in Spokane face lawsuits from women who allege sexual harassment by male bosses.


UPDATED: Fri., March 9, 2018

Sherman Alexie declines literary award

Sherman Alexie has declined the Carnegie Medal he received last month, the American Library Association told the Associated Press on Friday.