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Aldermen Call for Hearings on Bullying, Sexual Harassment

January 17, 2018

From the 1/17/2018 press release from the Chicago City Council Committee on Finance:

Aldermen Call for Hearings on Bullying, Sexual Harassment

Aldermen Edward M. Burke (14th), Carrie M. Austin (34th), Margaret Laurino (39th) and Michelle A. Harris (8th) are calling for executives at Ford Motor Company and the United Auto Workers to appear before the Chicago City Council Committee on Finance to address what efforts are being undertaken to safeguard employees from sexual harassment.
 
The call for the hearings follows decades of allegations of sexual harassment at a Ford assembly plant in Chicago and its stamping facility in Ford Heights.  “The hearings would afford victims of sexual abuse a platform on which to testify about their experiences regarding bullying or sexual abuse at Ford,” Alderman Burke said.
 
Additionally, the aldermen are inviting Chicago area hotel workers who have been the victims of sexual harassment to testify about their experiences before the panel. “According to a survey conducted by the UNITE HERE hospitality union, 58 percent of hotel workers said they have been sexually harassed by a guest,” Alderman Austin noted.
 
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Ford Motor Company reached a $10 million settlement in August of 2017 that required the managers to be more accountable and to be monitored for the next five years.