Allegations of sexual harassment are always a cause for concern. But what doyou do when the allegations are uncorroborated? And what happens when itemerges that the case has more to it than first disclosed? Joe Glavina, Katie Jackson-Turnerand Rob Riley, assess the aftermath of an office affairBob has been employed as a sales manager for Sellit & Co for five years.He has recently been advised that his sales team’s results are poor and that hewill need to make a big improvement if he is going to hit budget. Bob returnedfrom sick leave six months ago, during which time his colleague, Wendy, also asales manager, managed Bob’s team along with her own. During that period Bob’ steam performed better under Wendy’ s management. Bob now complains that Wendyhas been sexually harassing him and this is the reason for his poorperformance. He requests a meeting with you to discuss what the company isgoing to do about it. What should you do? JG comments This situation should be dealt with very promptly. The firststep is to check that there is a sexual harassment, or equal opportunitiespolicy, which sets out the procedure for dealing with allegations of sexualharassment. Assuming there is a policy in place, you first need to carry out aninvestigation, which will involve talking first to Bob to gain a fullunderstanding of what has happened and ensure he is aware that the complaint isbeing treated seriously from the outset. You will need to explain to him theprocedure you will follow, the timescale and the fact that the matter will betreated in confidence, as far as possible. You will then have to decide whethera formal investigation is necessary. Sometimes it is possible to resolve fairly minor complaints by having thecomplainant raise their concerns directly with the alleged harasser, providedthere is support from HR. It is worth suggesting this to Bob, but if hedeclines, as is likely, a formal investigation will be necessary. This wouldentail interviewing any witnesses and taking statements from them. You muststress the importance of keeping the allegations confidential throughout theprocess. If witnesses insist on anonymity you will need to take account of thefact that Wendy is likely to be at a disadvantage in responding to theirevidence and so the appropriate weight to be given to them must be carefullyconsidered. Further steps might include looking for other evidence that could supportBob’ s claims such as e-mails, notes or other documents. Wendy must be informedof the allegations and be informed of his version of the events. With regard to informing Wendy, timing will be crucial. Often it is best tofind out whether the allegations have any merit before confronting a member ofstaff. However, once an investigation has started, rumours spread and so it maybe preferable for Wendy to be told sooner rather than later. If the allegationsare very serious, consideration should be given to suspending Wendy orseparating the two employees. You have further discussions with Bob and he explains that he had an affairwith Wendy three years ago. He tells you that he finished the affair and as aresult Wendy began harassing him. He admits that he did not mention itpreviously because he was embarrassed and thought the harassment could bestopped without mentioning it. Bob tells you that on the last occasion theyattended an event together Wendy further harassed him. At your request Bobprovides a detailed written account of all of his allegations against Wendy.The account covers over 20 incidents, some at work and some outside work, butthe majority of the incidents were not witnessed by anyone except Bob. Aconference period is commencing. Both Wendy and Bob and their teams will haveto attend and participate in these conferences, which will involve overnightstays. Wendy will be the key speaker at some of these conferences. What do youdo next? KJ-T comments Once Bob’ s allegations have been explored and there is a casefor Wendy to answer she should be interviewed. The circumstances may mean thatthis takes place after the conference. However, in the meantime it will benecessary to ensure that Bob and Wendy are kept apart. Assuming that there is insufficient evidence to suspend Wendy there is arisk they will meet at the conference, which is undesirable. This is a difficultsituation to handle because insisting Wendy moves to another hotel or does notattend the conference will risk undermining her position. Picking on Bob isalso tricky because it could lead to an allegation of victimisation on thebasis of less favourable treatment for having raised the complaint. You will need to speak to both parties and reach a solution which both wouldbe happy with. Asking the line manager to act as a chaperone might be asolution. You interview Wendy after the conference and she confirms that she had hadan affair with Bob. At the time she felt that Bob had a problem with the factthat the affair had ended and that as a result he was making her life difficultby raising the grievance. In relation to the allegations that she had harassedBob, Wendy denies any inappropriate behaviour and mentions that she actuallytried to support Bob in his work and had put him forward for promotion. Shesuggests that it is very convenient that with the majority of Bob’ sallegations there was never anyone else present. What practical steps might youtake to help you to assess the evidence? And assuming that there isinsufficient evidence to support the allegations of harassment, what stepsshould you take to resolve the situation and enable the parties to continueworking? RR comments In the absence of further independent witnesses, you will haveto weigh up Bob’s word against Wendy’ s, which makes it difficult to decide whoto believe. The important thing is that the approach you take is fair, objectiveand can be justified. A useful approach to take is to create a matrix intowhich you record all of Bob’ s allegations, together with any supportingevidence and, alongside this, you record Wendy’s explanations, together withany supporting evidence. You can then consider each allegation in turn andassess its weight. In this way you are better able to judge the credibility ofeach piece of evidence and, importantly, justify your decision to the partiesand, if necessary, to an employment tribunal. Assuming that there is insufficient evidence to support the allegations ofharassment you will need to explain your reasoning to both parties. You shouldalso explain the business need for finding a solution and try to get bothparties to “buy in” to that solution. If the parties cannot work together, then one of them will need to be movedand this will involve considering both the interests of that individual and theneeds of the business. Ultimately, if neither is prepared to cooperate, or ifthe business cannot accommodate a move, then dismissal of one or both of themwill need to be considered. Provided a fair procedure is followed the dismissalis likely to be fair in these circumstances. Obviously any such dismissal would need to be preceded by proper consultationand the basis for choosing between the two of them would need to be justifiedon objective grounds. The final decision will inevitably take into accounttheir relative value to the business. Rob Riley is a partner, Joe Glavina a professional support lawyer, andKatie Jackson-Turner a senior solicitor in the employment department atAddleshaw Booth & Co Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Who to believe?On 1 Jun 2001 in Personnel Today
Brad James July 22, 2019 /Sports News – Local Utah Athletic Director Mark Harlan Named To NCAA Division I Football Oversight Committee Tags: Arizona State/FBS football/FCS Football/Mark Harlan/NCAA/NCAA Division I/NCAA Football Rules/Ray Anderson/Shane Lyons/University of Utah athletics/West Virginia Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailINDIANAPOLIS-Monday, University of Utah director of athletics Mark Harlan was appointed to the NCAA Division I football oversight committee per an announcement from the NCAA.Harlan, currently in his second year at the helm of the U of U’s athletic department, joins 12 other members on this committee, which is chaired by West Virginia’s athletic director Shane Lyons.He began this term July 18 and will serve through June 30, 2023.This committee comprises both the FBS and FCS levels of NCAA Division I football. Their primary responsibility is to collaborate with “appropriate governance entities to provide solutions” that impact the health and safety of student-athletes playing football at all Division I institutes that sponsor football.The committee is also to supervise the procedures for licensing of postseason bowls/qualifications and/or selection procedures for the FCS championship.It will also provide direction to the NCAA Football Rules committee concerning playing rules that govern both FBS and FCS football.Harlan is the representative of the Pac-12 Conference, replacing Arizona State’s athletic director Ray Anderson.
This nefarious exploration of all things savage is a deliberately perverse piece, to such an extent that to grasp either where it’s coming from or what it’s meant to say is analagous to an exercise in enigmatic code-cracking. Ian and Cate enter a minimalist set, and before a word is spoken, we are struck by his brashness and her meekness, a combination which promotes fear from the start. Their sordid relationship is exposed, the play then skirting over bigotry, disabilites, terminal illness, and vicious sex, before a sudden shift to a crude examination of the effects of civil war. Through repeated rape, violence, and sickening imagery, playwright Sarah Kane attempts to expose modern civilisation. The acting of the three cast members is of a very high standard, and the directing by John Walton is strong. The body language of Charlotte Covel (Cate) is particularly effective for revealing the personality of her character. Her exploration of the hotel room and thumb-sucking reveal Cate’s child-like side. Andy King maintains a powerfully versatile portrayal of gun-brandishing Ian’s mood swings. But Ian is always more threatening when he puts the gun down and menacingly undresses in front of the unwilling Cate. The ceremonial undressing and redressing, which Ian uses in an attempt to entice Cate, seems to replace and animalise their colloquial discourse. The violence in the play, both shown and recollected, is unmitigated. We feel the sexual acts Ian forces on Cate are only a prelude to the entrance of the brutal soldier (Devesh Patel). Kane seeks a raw realism through nudity and violence, but the unrelenting surge of emotions is first stomach- turning and then tedious. However, the lack of relief from brutality does give the audience a feeling of what the constant fear of war is like. Whether thegraphic nastiness constantly shown and spoken of in the play is needed is another question. The description of events is even more upsetting than the events themselves. However, all the sex and blood utilised by Blasted does not succeed in highlighting anything new of relevance to an audience. We need not be personally introduced to fictional debauchery and bestiality to understand the horror of real occurrences. Our imagination, like the playwright’s, can create something far more horrifying than anything produced on stage.The play has the germ of a laudable concept, but the script is infected by a lack of substance. The audience is witness to death, rape, necrophilia, and the cannibalisation of a baby , all without clearly expressed meaning. The play does not even merit the dubious dignity of being branded sensationalist; it is not shocking but plainly absurd, rather a curious mixture of Sex And The City meets the Slater sisters.Archive: 0th HT 2004
A funeral mass was held June 19 at Immaculate Conception Church, Secaucus, for Mary Dempsey, 85, of North Bergen. She passed away June 16 at the Englewood Hospital. Born in Jersey City to the late John and Gertrude Sawyer, she worked as an office manager for Marion Cello in Carlstadt for many years. Predeceased by her husband Joseph R. Dempsey, and her daughter Maureen Hendershott, she is survived by her daughters Patricia and her husband Charles Niclas, Kathleen and her husband Robert Faiano, and Eileen Dempsey; son in law Lewis Hendershott; and her brother Robert Sawyer. She is also survived by her six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.Services arranged by the Mack Memorial Home, Secaucus.
Good afternoon, and welcome to DIT’s Free Trade Agreement stakeholder engagement event.I’d like to thank Karl and the whole of KPMG for hosting us today, and British American Business, for helping my officials to organise this event.I’m going to start by talking about beer.I accept that it may seem a little bit early in the day to be talking about more alcohol. But the UK beer and cider industry is one of my favourite examples of the transformative power of Free Trade Agreements.In the year before a formal FTA opened up South Korean markets to British exporters, the industry’s sales to that country were less than £2 million a year.By 2017 however, Koreans were consuming some ten times that value of British beer and cider a year. By coincidence, I will be heading to South Korea tomorrow.The quality of the product, of course, speaks for itself. Yet it also demonstrates how formal inter-governmental agreements can transform the prospects and profits of ordinary businesses across the UK.As you will be aware, from April next year the United Kingdom will begin to negotiate new, independent trade deals with key partner nations.The negotiations will be conducted by my Department for International Trade. Our department is one of the youngest in government – just two years old – but in that time we have built up an unparalleled repository of trade expertise.The negotiation and signing of these agreements will be conducted at a government level. Yet FTAs exist not for the benefit of government departments, but for businesses across the United Kingdom.That is why we have launched public consultations for our first four FTAs – with the United States, Australia, with New Zealand, and on the UK’s potential accession to the Trans-Pacific Trading Partnership.You have all been invited here today because you have a stake in the outcome of these negotiations. Many of you will trade with one of these countries, or all of them.All of you will have customers, or suppliers, that are some way connected to these nations. Globalisation has reached us all.After all, Birmingham, and the wider Midlands Engine, is one of the most internationally-connected areas of the United Kingdom. Technology, advanced manufacturing and the aerospace industry all have a significant footprint here, and all require free and open access to the world’s markets.It is not only manufacturers and exporters of physical goods that stand to gain from our future free trade agreements.The United Kingdom derives around 80% of its GDP from its service industry – more than almost any other nation in the G20. This is reflected in the make-up of today’s audience.Yet the rules-based international system has often failed to liberalise the trade in services in the way that it has for goods. As such, services exports are often subjected to tariffs and complexities that goods are not.Despite these constraints, the global trade in services tripled between 2000 and 2016.How and what we trade is also changing rapidly. International data flows will be 300 times higher by 2021 then they were in 2005. We are living in a world where knowledge and information is traded as readily as cars and steel, and yet we have no framework to govern or facilitate it.These FTAs, and the others that will follow, are an opportunity to redress the imbalance. They are a chance not only for the UK to open up new and vital market for our own companies, but to lead the way globally on trade in services liberalisation.You are here today because we want your input in this process. I have mentioned the wealth of expertise that exists in my department, but that can only get us so far.DIT exists to facilitate trade, and to help businesses from every corner of the United Kingdom to realise their global potential. To do that, we must shape our policy to your requirements.We have a once in a generation chance to choose what kind of country we want to be, and we want you – our businesses – to help us to realise it.And now I am happy to take a few questions, before I hand over to my officials, led by director Oliver Griffiths, who will take you through the Free Trade Agreement Consultations, and discuss the process with you further.
As many fans gear up to see Snarky Puppy at their inaugural GroundUP Music Festival, those in the know are also highly anticipating the debut of Bokanté. The new project is spearheaded by Snarky Puppy’s de facto leader, Michael League, along with an all-star cast of musicians from the GroundUP family and more.League tells us that the new band is a “weird combination of West African music, Delta blues, and Led Zeppelin (with lyrics in Creole and French) made up of musicians and friends from all over the world.” Bokanté will have a new album out in May via GroundUP, but has shared their very first video for the song “Jou Ké Ouvè” today. Watch below.Bokanté already has plans to tour the world in 2017, with dates planned in USA, Canada, Japan, Australia, Europe, and South America. The band has quite the diverse cast of musicians as well, with players spanning three generations and hailing from United States, Sweden, Japan, and Guadeloupe/Canada. Not only that, but its members have performed with the likes of Paul Simon, Salif Keita, Yo-Yo Ma, Kirk Franklin, Carly Simon, Esperanza Spalding, David Crosby, Joe Lovano, Sting, Karl Denson, Maria Schneider, Gretchen Parlato, Danilo Perez, Lalah Hathaway, Susana Baca, Laura Mvula, Assad Brothers, and many more.With all of that in mind, it’s perhaps unsurprising that Bokanté translates to “Exchange,” signifying the free flow of ideas between the band’s multicultural members. Take a look at the band’s lineup, below.BokantéMalika Tirolien – vocalsJamey Haddad – percussionAndré Ferrari – percussionKeita Ogawa – percussionChris McQueen – guitarBob Lanzetti – guitarRoosevelt Collier – lap and pedal steel guitarsMichael League – baritone guitar and bass
Harvard men’s basketball moved into sole possession of first place in the Ivy League after beating Princeton, 69-57, on Saturday, following a Friday night win over Penn, 73-54.Kenyatta Smith made a Harvard-record 10 blocks and scored a career-best 20 points to go along with nine rebounds, while Wesley Saunders poured in 23 points, as the Harvard men’s basketball team topped Penn, 73-54, before a sold-out crowd of 2,195 Lavietes Pavilion Friday evening.Read Harvard Athletics full coverage of the Penn game.On Saturday, five players reached double figures in scoring, as the Harvard men’s basketball team moved into sole possession of first place in the Ivy League with a 69-57 win over Princeton before yet another sold-out crowd at Lavietes Pavilion. With the win, Christian Webster became Harvard’s winningest player, picking up his 85th career victory.Read Harvard Athletics full coverage of the Princeton game.Up next, Harvard will head back on the road to visit Brown and Yale Feb. 22-23.Harvard women’s basketball will play Brown at 7 p.m. Feb. 22, followed by Yale at 6 p.m. Feb. 23. Both conference games will be at Lavietes Pavilion.
Celebrated Harvard bacterial geneticist Jonathan Beckwith has always been keenly aware of his work’s social implications, and for 30 years he has made sure that his students have been aware of them, too.Since 1983, the professor has helped both Harvard graduate and College students navigate and appreciate science’s broader impact in the world through his course “Social Issues in Biology.” In the domain of genetics and genetic manipulation, where science can bump up against tricky moral ground, a better understanding of the implications involved and how they are presented to the public is essential, Beckwith argues.“My passion about doing this has been to encourage the students who are going into science to retain a concern about the social implications of science,” said Beckwith, “because there aren’t too many around who do.”Now he is bringing that message to the stage. This spring, Beckwith is teaching his popular class with the help of rising star and Harvard alumna Calla Videt, who created a play for the course focused around some of those complex themes. On campus for a five-week residency sponsored by Harvard’s Office for the Arts’ Sophie H. and Roger L. Clifton Young Women Artists’ Fund, Videt developed the play with help from Beckwith’s students.As a student, Videt arrived at Harvard set on a career in physics but soon shifted gears, gravitating to the stage and pursuing her science interests “through a different sort of medium, even if it wasn’t as scientifically rigorous.” She immersed herself in theater, applied for a special concentration in physics and theater, and developed a theater piece for her senior thesis called “The Space Between,” about American theoretical physicist and Nobel laureate Richard Feynman. Today she heads the New York City theater company Sightline, which she founded with a group of Harvard alumni in 2010.“I think it’s an unusual collision of worlds, ideas, and people and I think that’s what makes it exciting as well as a challenge,” said Videt of the theater project, which will culminate in five performances in Harvard’s Science Center this weekend. “For the past couple of years I have been mostly working with artists and suddenly you have a real collaboration between people who aren’t necessarily working in the same fields and don’t approach ideas necessarily the same way. As much as it’s about the stories we are telling, it’s also about the modes of communication and the educational value of these sort of experiences.”Theater has long been an important teaching tool for Beckwith. The American Cancer Society Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunobiology at Harvard Medical School first fell in love with the art form during a production of Samuel Beckett’s absurdist play “Waiting for Godot.” But it wasn’t until his encounter several years later with “Copenhagen,” the Tony Award-winning play by Michael Frayn about a mysterious meeting on the atomic bomb between scientists and Nobel laureates Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg, that Beckwith thought about incorporating theater into his curriculum.“I was so excited about the way it presented the life of scientists, how scientists behaved with each other, and scientific concepts … it just amazed me. I thought it was so effective and emotional.”Beckwith started using the play as a topic for class discussion and looking for other theater works with science themes that he could weave into the course. Then he took a trip to Berlin.A professor from Freie Universität Berlin, who had been teaching a course modeled on Beckwith’s, invited him to take part in a collaboration between her class and the English Theatre Berlin. The students read the script of a play based on science, and met with the show’s cast and director for a discussion about the work and its broader implications.Determined to replicate that experience in Cambridge, Beckwith enlisted the help of former student and theater buff Ben Morris. Morris, who knew Videt from his work with the Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club (HRDC), immediately connected her to Beckwith.“They were the perfect fit,” said Morris, who is pursuing his Ph.D. in biology and serves as teaching assistant for Beckwith’s class.Instead of working on an existing play, Videt decided to create one. “The Edge of the Map” melds video, live performance, and physical theater around difficult topics like the human predisposition toward an inherited disease, forced sterilization, and the notion of genetically engineering a perfect child.On a Wednesday evening, the young cast and crew trickled into a new space in the Science Center, a revamped classroom and physics lab on the building’s third floor. With support from Hauser Grants, the 2,500-square-foot space has been transformed into an experimental classroom with rolling desks, chairs, and whiteboards. The hall perfectly doubles as a theater for the play.One early arrival for an evening rehearsal was senior Brianne Holland-Stergar. The Dunster House resident and HRDC actor plays Davenport, a eugenicist who forces an unsuspecting young girl to get sterilized. Her character is derived from the case of Leilani Muir, a young Canadian girl who was institutionalized and unknowingly sterilized in 1959.“It was a challenging head-space,” said Holland-Stergar of the play’s difficult subject matter. The history of science concentrator also hopes to one day unite her love for science with her love of the stage.“The two processes marry each other in a really cool way, and I think that people are encouraging creativity in science more, and hopefully science in creativity more.”As part of the collaborative process, Videt spent time with Beckwith’s class, bouncing around ideas for her play, reviewing and reworking the script, and exploring the notion that art can help people grapple with some of science’s difficult moral dilemmas.Later, as the play took shape with help from several Harvard undergraduates who serve as cast, crew, and co-creators, students from Beckwith’s course sat in on rehearsals and offered feedback, ensuring that the work stayed true to the science driving the narrative. (In March, Videt also helped to organize and run a two-day symposium that included a lecture by Beckwith, and various dance and performance workshops.)“They really wanted to be part of this because the process of making art means so much to them,” said Videt.The play’s assistant stage manager and assistant producer, Dunster House resident Sofie Seymour, was busy Wednesday fine-tuning the last-minute lighting details. She heard about Beckwith’s course through an HRDC email last fall, and her first thought was, “I have to be in this class.”A sophomore psychology concentrator, Seymour called Beckwith’s course and accompanying theater collaboration “a once-in-a-lifetime, you-don’t-want-to-miss-out-on-it-at-university experience.”In addition to blending her interests in science and theater, the course, she said, has taught her the importance of generating conversations around ethical dilemmas in science, as well as conversations around science’s implications, limitations, and misconceptions. “These conversations can be generated in the classroom or in the theater, or, in this case, a physics lab that a group of actors have taken over. I think what this process has emphasized is how important they are to have.”Performances of “The Edge of the Map” will take place today at 8 p.m., April 13 at 2, 5, and 8 p.m., and April 14 at 5 p.m. All performances will be held in Science Center room 302. See the HRDC website for details.
Lennon: Through a Glass Onion Related Shows Lennon: Through a Glass Onion will shutter off-Broadway at the Union Square Theatre on January 11, 2015; it had been scheduled to run through February 22. The production, created and performed by John R. Waters and Stewart D’Arrietta, has previously played at the Sydney Opera House and in the West End. Part concert and part biography, Lennon: Through a Glass Onion explores the life and talent of one of the most admired icons of the past century. The show weaves together Lennon’s story with 31 songs, including “Strawberry Fields Forever,” “Revolution,” “Lucy In the Sky with Diamonds,” “All You Need is Love,” “Come Together,” “Help,” “Working Class Hero,” “Mother” and “Jealous Guy.” The show officially opened on October 15 and will have played 12 previews and 102 performances at the time of closing. View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 11, 2015
View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Wicked’s Kerry Ellis to Headline Murder BalladFormer Elphaba and Grizabella Kerry Ellis has been enlisted to lead Murder Ballad in London this fall. Written by Julia Jordan with music and lyrics by Juliana Nash, the new tuner played off-Broadway in 2013 and is a tale of modern relationships, abandoned dreams and treachery in the big city. The production will run from September 29 at the Arts Theatre.Ralph Fiennes & Andrew Scott Set for Almeida London’s prestigious Almeida Theatre—where Broadway’s American Psycho started out—has announced its season for 2016-17 and it’s as stellar as expected. Ralph Fiennes will take on the title role in Shakespeare’s Richard III opposite Vanessa Redgrave, directed by Rupert Goold (June 7 through August 6). Meanwhile, in February 2017, Andrew Scott (aka Sherlock’s nemesis Moriarty), is on board to headline Hamlet opposite Juliet Stevenson as Gertrude, in a production directed by Robert Icke. Also on tap: Adam Brace’s They Drink It in the Congo, helmed by Michael Longhurst and Ella Hickson’s Oil, directed by Carrie Cracknell. We need air miles!Helen Mirren & Kelli O’Hara Team UpTony and Oscar winner Helen Mirren and Tony winner Kelli O’Hara will host the Stuttering Association for the Young’s 14th Annual Benefit Gala on May 2. The event celebrates the courage and achievements of more than 70 million people who stutter, including 5% of all children. Brandon Victor Dixon, Rachel Dratch, Victor Garber, Daphne Rubin-Vega and more are set to attend the event, which will take place at The Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at NYU.Watch Adam Pascal Return to His Rent RootsDisaster! auctioned off a performance of star Adam Pascal singing his Rent rock anthem “One Song Glory” as part of the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS fundraising efforts on March 31 onstage at the Nederlander Theatre. Of course, the Nederlander was where Pascal made his Great White Way debut 20 years ago in the aforementioned iconic musical. Check out the video below and happy Friday! Kerry Ellis in ‘Murder Ballad’