sexual harassment


There has been a multi-million dollar settlement in the lawsuit brought by former faculty and students at the University of Rochester over the way complaints of sexual harassment had been handled by the university.

Under the settlement, the U of R will pay the plaintiffs a total of $9.4 million.

Rochester comedy scene rocked by sexual abuse allegations

Mar 2, 2020
Ryan Williamson/CITY Newspaper

A prominent Rochester stand-up comedian and force in the local comedy scene, Woody Battaglia, is under fire amid allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault.

The accusations, which were published anonymously online last week, prompted a swift and extensive backlash in the comedy community that included multiple female and male collaborators moving to publicly shun Battaglia and disavow his alleged behavior.

Battaglia, whose real name is Ron Wood, denied the allegations in a phone interview, casting them as fallout from his recent departure from a local podcast.

(AP) ALBANY - Churches, youth groups, and schools were hit by a tsunami of lawsuits in 2019 after New York gave survivors of childhood sexual abuse a one-year window to sue over allegations ordinarily barred by statutes of limitation.

Now, some lawmakers want to open the same window for people abused as adults, a move that could lay a pathway for people to file additional lawsuits against some high-profile men targeted in the #MeToo movement.

Sen. Brad Hoylman introduced the Adult Survivors Act this autumn, saying survivors of adult sex abuse deserve their day in court.

Matt Ryan, New York Now

The second hearing on sexual harassment in New York state government will be held Friday in New York City. Ahead of the hearing, a group of former legislative staffers who say they have been victims of harassment joined lawmakers to introduce bills to strengthen New York’s laws.

The first hearing, held in February in Albany, featured harrowing accounts from several women and men who detailed harassment by former senators and Assembly members. 

Congressman Joe Morelle invited Elizabeth Crothers to the State of the Union Address. It marked a significant step in a relationship that had been rocky over the last couple of decades. Morelle wanted to highlight the work that Crothers and her peers are doing with the Sexual Harassment Working Group. That's an organization seeking to change the culture of sexual harassment in New York State.

We discuss that work with members of the organization. Our guests:

  • Elizabeth Crothers, former New York State Assembly employee, and co-founder of the Sexual Harassment Working Group
  • Rita Pasarell, former New York State Assembly employee, and co-founder of the Sexual Harassment Working Group
  • Elias Farah, member of the Sexual Harassment Working Group

Earlier this year, New York State updated its sexual harassment laws. Now, the state mandates that all employers must adopt a sexual harassment prevention policy and training that meets the law’s standards. It’s a move that’s particularly relevant in the era of #MeToo.

Research shows workplace trainings often fail. Why? Our guests discuss what the new law covers and the types of training that are most effective. In studio:

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman resigned just hours after the New Yorker published a piece containing allegations of physical and sexual abuse. It's a #MeToo case that further shakes the public trust in elected leaders. After all, Schneiderman has consistently praised women for coming forward, and vowed to be an ally in the movement.

Our guests discuss it:

University of Rochester

The Interim President of the University of Rochester is sounding positive about changes the university has been making and will make in the future after the controversy that has hit UR over the last several months.

Richard Feldman who took over after Joel Seligman resigned in February.

Why are women occasionally abused on movie sets, ostensibly for the sake of genuine art? The question was raised this past weekend, when Uma Thurman told the New York Times about abuses she has suffered. She says director Quentin Tarantino spit in her face and choked her with a chain on the set of Kill Bill.

Maria Schneider famously felt "a little raped" during filming for Last Tango in Paris when she was not warned about a scene in which her character was assaulted. Director Bernardo Bertolucci later said he "wanted her reaction as a girl, not as an actress."

But men rarely suffer such abuses. We discuss the double standard, and we discuss what lines should never be crossed for the sake of art. Our guests:

Actor and comedian Aziz Ansari is dealing with allegations of sexual misconduct. Those allegations have set off a debate about consent and communication during sexual interaction. Many women have said that the Ansari story offers an instructive parallel to their own experiences with men.

Our panel debates the lessons. Our guests:

  • Nicole Trabold, Ph.D., LMSW, National Research Service Award Fellow at the University of Rochester School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
  • Allison O’Malley, chief executive officer of RESOLVE
  • Jenna Weintraub, sexuality educator
  • Lauren Berger, education and outreach specialist at RESTORE