Lawyers for the women did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The company first faced sustained criticism about sexual harassment at the two plants in the 1990s, when dozens of women sued or filed complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In a settlement with that agency in 2000, Ford agreed to pay $22 million, including $9 million in damages to at least 100 women. As part of the deal, the company denied liability but pledged to make changes overseen by outside monitors. Conditions seemed to improve for a time, but complaints about sexual harassment surged once again around 2011. By then, the company was recovering from the Great Recession, and new hires had flooded into factories. By August 2017, the E.E.O.C. and Ford had reached another settlement, for $10 million, over sexual and racial harassment at the two Chicago plants. On Friday, a spokeswoman for the company said that 835 workers had received checks as part of the settlement. The full terms … [Read more...] about Ford Workers Who Sued Over Sexual Harassment Face Setback
POLITICS 09/27/2018 11:36 am ET The Senate Judiciary chairman blamed Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) for not coming forward sooner about the allegations against Brett Kavanaugh. By Andy Campbell Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) opened a historic hearing, in which a woman would be forced to relive an alleged sexual assault for the world, by lamenting that Democrats made the allegations public so late in the game. Minutes before Dr. Christine Blasey Ford began a tearful, wrenching account of sexual assault, in which she alleged Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed and forcibly groped her, Sen. Grassley took aim at Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Senate Democrats, and offered that the FBI already investigated Kavanaugh and found nothing. “Nowhere in any of these six FBI reports … was there a whiff of any issue, any issue at all related to inappropriate sexual behavior,” Grassley said. Feinstein … [Read more...] about Sen. Chuck Grassley Kicks Off Christine Blasey Ford Hearing By Attacking Democrats
POLITICS 09/27/2018 11:46 am ET The “I Believe Anita Hill” group says the parallels between the 1991 testimony and Christine Blasey Ford’s are overwhelming. By Molly Redden When Tootsie Kline was a University of South Carolina law student, a professor asked her a question that would come to define much of Kline’s professional life: What do you think about Anita Hill? It was 1991. That very same week, Hill had rocked the nation with sexual harassment allegations against then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. “I believe her,” Kline said. And so Kline got invited to the very first meeting of “I Believe Anita Hill.” Part protest, party, support group and remembrance, “I Believe Anita Hill” has become an annual tradition for hundreds of professional women and students in Columbia, South Carolina. What started as a gathering of just a few dozen women, each of them horrified at how the Senate handled … [Read more...] about Each Year, They Gather For Anita Hill. Now They’re Ready For Christine Blasey Ford.
POLITICS 09/27/2018 12:09 pm ET Updated 1 hour ago In haunting Senate hearing testimony, Ford described her most vivid memory from an alleged sexual assault at the hands of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. By Alanna Vagianos During Thursday’s confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford recalled a haunting memory from the assault she says occurred at the hands of the judge when he was in high school in 1982. When Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) asked the Palo Alto University professor what her most vivid memory of the alleged assault is, Blasey’s response was powerful and poignant. “Indelible in the hippocampus is the laughter, the uproarious laughter between the two, and their having fun at my expense,” Blasey said, her voice cracking with emotion. “I was underneath one of them while the two laughed. Two friends having a really good time with one another.” "The … [Read more...] about Christine Blasey Ford Recalls ‘Uproarious Laughter’ During Alleged Sexual Assault
POLITICS 09/27/2018 01:39 pm ET Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) also quoted a 2015 book Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) wrote to show that his thoughts are on "a bipartisan basis." By Alanna Vagianos Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) had some powerful words for Christine Blasey Ford during Thursday’s Senate confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. “I have found your testimony powerful and credible, and I believe you,” Blumenthal told the Palo Alto University professor. Blasey, who accused Kavanaugh earlier this month of sexually assaulting her in 1982, was testifying to the Senate Judiciary Committee. During Blumenthal’s line of questioning, Blasey broke down in tears in response to his poignant statement. “I want to quote one of my colleagues, Sen. Lindsey Graham, in a book that he wrote in 2015 when he was describing his own service ― and very distinguished naval service ― as a trial … [Read more...] about Christine Blasey Ford Breaks Down As Richard Blumenthal Commends Her Testimony