Read more about workplace sexual harassment and safe spaces in these recent news stories.

Half of isle adults claim sexual harassment, survey finds

Honolulu Star-Advertiser
November 12, 2019

Nearly half of adults have experienced sexual harassment while working in Hawaii, a new statewide survey suggests. And while women reported being harassed more than men, the disparity isn’t as great as one might think.

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Your workplace should be a safe space

Hawaii Business Magazine
October 2019

Two women are pushing back against sexual harassment at work and say the solution is to include everyone in the process: women and men, managers and employees, victims and perpetrators. Three people describe being sexually harassed while on the job.

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Hawaii agrees with #MeToo

Hawaii Business Magazine
September 2018

The anti-sexual harassment movement is assessed in separate surveys of 426 Hawaii residents and 443 local business leaders. The latter found that 91% of local business leaders responded that workplace sexual harassment has “not impacted at all” their companies.

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It's not just about the aloha kiss

Hawaii News Now
April 11, 2018

The forced retirement last week of former House Speaker Joe Souki has provoked a lot of fresh discussion about the "Me Too Movement" and whether it has put aspects of our friendly island culture into question. Souki claims the incidents several women complained about were so unremarkable to him he didn't remember all of them.

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#MeToo in Hawaii: Progress Against Sexual Harassment

Aspen Forum on Women & Girls
March 31, 2018

Rachael Wong shares her story–why she filed the complaint, her experience after the complaint became public, and her hopes for what each us can do in Hawai‘i to change our collective future.

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Lessons for employers from the Joe Souki case

Honolulu Civil Beat
March 22, 2018

Makana Risser Chai shares that the resignation of former Hawaii House Speaker Joe Souki to resolve sexual harassment claims is a wake-up call for Hawaii employers who thought the #MeToo movement would not happen here. It’s happening.

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Souki resigning amid harassment complaints

Honolulu Star-Advertiser
March 21, 2018

Former House Speaker Joseph Souki has agreed to resign from office to resolve complaints from “several” women who allege they were the targets of his unwanted advances that included sexual comments, touching and kissing, according to the Hawaii State Ethics Commission.

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Sexual harassment in the Hawaii legal community

Hawaii Bar Journal
March 2018

Hawaii Women Lawyers recently conducted a survey of its members as to the incidences and experiences of sexual harassment in the legal community...Just under 60% reported being sexually harassed at some time during their legal career.

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Sexual harassment is not just a Mainland problem

Hawaii Business Magazine
January 15, 2018

The Hawaii Civil Rights Commission and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission look into more than 60 sexual harassment complaints each year in the Islands. And experts believe most cases are never reported or never reach those government agencies.

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