Sexual Harassment

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The Idaho Human Rights Commission has seen a 10 percent uptick in the number of sexual harassment complaints filed since October 2017. Speaking on Idaho Matters Monday, commission director Ben Earwicker says the increase is in part because of the #MeToo movement.

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The Idaho Human Rights Commission has reported a noticable spike in sexual harassment claims and much of the attribution to the increase in reporting goes to the #MeToo movement and the empowerment and support it has given to women in the workplace.

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In the wake of the #MeToo movement, the Idaho Legislature held mandatory sexual harassment training for all 105 lawmakers at the statehouse Tuesday. Senate President Pro-Tem Brent Hill (R-Rexburg) says the goal was to get everyone on the same page about what is and isn’t proper behavior at the capitol.

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It seems like every day there are new allegations of sexual misconduct in politics or media. But what about sexual harassment or assault in the outdoor industry?

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Female state legislators are calling for mandatory sexual harassment training inside the Idaho Statehouse.

Rep. Caroline Nilsson Troy said Monday the recent wave of sexual harassment allegations surfacing in governments and businesses around the country inspired her to reach out to legislative leaders.

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Two former Boise State University students are suing the school because they say athletic officials ignored their reports of sexual assault and harassment by a star athlete.

The women are represented by nationally known attorney Gloria Allred, who has handled similar lawsuits in several other states. They contend Boise State University athletic officials knew the athlete who abused them had a record of serially harassing and assaulting fellow students, and that the school's failure to take action spurred the athlete to continue the behavior.

Two former Twin Falls County sheriff's deputies have filed a lawsuit against the county, contending Sheriff Tom Carter discriminated against them based on their sex.

The Times-News of Twin Falls reported Tuesday the lawsuit was filed March 13 in federal court by Becky White and Susan Stringer.

They contend they were passed over for promotions, given fewer training opportunities than males and held to a higher standard than male deputies.

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Former Idaho state senator John McGee will spend at least the next 44 days in jail. John McGee entered a guilty plea, as expected, to misdemeanor disturbing the peace of an individual. What was not expected was the sentence. McGee’s attorney and the prosecutor had agreed to recommend five days in jail. But 4th District Judge James Cawthon handed down 44 days followed by 44 more days that could be served in jail or supervised community service.

Former Idaho Senator McGee To Serve Jail Time

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Former Idaho state senator John McGee will spend the next 44 days in jail. McGee was sentenced Tuesday for misdemeanor disturbing the peace. That charge stems from sexual harassment allegations made by a senate staffer in February.