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Co-star of cop drama quits, claims discrimination and harassment

The ABC show “The Rookie” has lost a co-star. Afton Williamson plays a police officer on the show. She has quit due to claims of sexual harassment and racial discrimination.

Williamson posted on Instagram about quitting. She said that the harassment and discrimination started with the pilot episode and got worse throughout the first season. After she felt that the production company was not responding to her claims, she decided not to return for the second season.

New Mexico nexus cited in notorious Epstein sex abuse case

It hardly seems surprising that a sex abuse case involving a planet-roaming billionaire perpetrator and a lengthy list of progressively growing victims would span multiple jurisdictions.

But unfortunately, New Mexico is where this investigation is putting its focus. Here's what we know about this notorious case and how more and more information is being discovered.

Researchers see double standard for women brokers

One of the country’s largest brokerage firms reacts to misconduct by its brokers very differently depending on the gender of those brokers, at least according to conclusions from the adversarial journalism publication The Intercept.

Although male brokers cost the firm significantly more in settlements, their careers suffered much less than women brokers whose misconduct harmed the firm less.

This fundamentally key change needed re child sex abuse

"Silence is golden" is a classic American adage conveying the point that holding back from speaking is sometimes preferable to coming forth with a statement that might breed unhappy consequences.

The expression unquestionably commands merit in many cases. Legions of people routinely wish they had refrained from making statements that ultimately led to more costs than benefits.

The racial gap in reporting sexual harassment at work

A recent study found good and bad news surrounding sexual harassment claims in the office space. First, the overall trend of sexual harassment reports has steadily decreased over the last 20 years - indicating that activists' efforts are working.

However, the researchers reported a large gap between reports made by white women and black women. According to data from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), times more likely to report sexual harassment in 2016 to the EEOC than their white counterparts.

Key development in Santa Fe Archdiocese sex abuse bankruptcy case

Monday of last week marked a noted juncture in the high-profile bankruptcy case involving the Archdiocese of Santa Fe.

June 17 was a signal date figuratively (perhaps literally for some people) circled in red on a calendar. It denoted the deadline for individuals seeking to file claims against what a recent news account prominently terms “New Mexico’s largest and oldest Roman Catholic diocese.”

More women entering male-dominated jobs

The economy is strong and job opportunities are growing - but the industries experiencing the most significant expansion are those which traditionally employ males. The construction industry, for example, is booming. Bidding is competitive, and many large construction companies are opting out of bidding on new jobs because they have too much work to do.

Amid these headlines about job growth and economic success are facts and figures that reveal that more women are entering these male-dominated industries. On the surface, this sounds like good news. But in reality, women are facing a challenging climate as they strive to be taken as serious professionals in a workplace where they are surrounded by men.

New Mexico, other states escalate probes into Church misconduct

Recent media accounts across the country note that, while legions of Catholic priests have been individually targeted in sexual abuse cases, higher-ranking Church officials largely escape close scrutiny in such probes.

That now appears to be changing, offering material hope to abuse victims who have long believed that a full account of wrongdoing might be forever elusive.

Boy Scouts considers bankruptcy amid sex abuse lawsuits

When parents enroll their children in youth organizations or religious organizations, they place their trust in the institutions and the adults chosen to lead them. Unfortunately, in a number of youth programs, that trust turned out to be horribly misplaced. One of the leading examples may be the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), which has long been accused of covering up sexual abuse of children by adult leaders and volunteers.

In recent years, as lawsuits and criminal investigations have forced the BSA to open up its private records, the public has learned just how widespread and horrifying the pattern of sexual abuse has been. According to recent news reports, the sheer number of lawsuits pending against the BSA is causing the organization to consider filing for bankruptcy.

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