sexual harassment

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Help wanted: Women needed for U.S. chips manufacturing plan to succeed

BY: - March 25, 2023

Natalie Bell was thinking about a career in art after college when a welding class and a delivery of four pizzas changed her career trajectory.  “I was taking a delivery out to a construction site and I met an ironworker who I was taking the delivery to,” said Bell, who lives in Columbus, Ohio. “I […]


Commentary: Southern Baptist Convention silences women

BY: - May 31, 2022

For the first 25 years of my life, I attended church religiously. I was an active member of the youth group in a Southern Baptist church. I enrolled in college at Union University—a conservative, Southern Baptist institution. When I graduated, I became the youth minister at my home church, and eventually a deacon at the […]


Cuomo departure only serves to further emphasize the outrage of the Trump presidency

BY: - August 11, 2021

There’s no mistaking the fact that now former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo had to go. The evidence of his misdeeds was overwhelming and whether they were the acts of a slick and cunning predator or merely those of an oblivious and narcissistic knucklehead (or a combination thereof) doesn’t really matter. As was the case […]


Celia Rivenbark: Cuomo should get gone in a New York minute

BY: - March 13, 2021

Here’s my sincere and heartfelt question for male politicians in general and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in particular: Can you just keep it in your pants? And a follow-up: No. Seriously. Is that really too much to ask? I hear you. Why wouldn’t your 25-year-old executive assistant gravitate toward your 63-year-old (grand)dad bod? Makes […]

Appeals Court Judge Hunter Murphy censured for condoning workplace harassment by friend-turned-aide

BY: - December 19, 2020

The Supreme Court of North Carolina ordered the censure of Appeals Court Judge Hunter Murphy for enabling a “toxic work environment” in his chamber, in a disciplinary order reaffirming the Judicial Standards Commission recommendation Friday. The ruling was unanimous, with the exception of Justice Mark Davis, who did not take part in consideration of the matter. […]

Anita Hill: #MeToo movement breathing life into MLK strategy for inclusiveness

BY: - January 11, 2019

Everyone always asks Anita Hill if she knew in 1991 what she knows now, would she testify again about her allegations of sexual harassment by Judge Clarence Thomas? “The answer is always yes,” she told a crowd Thursday night at Elon University. “This is not the life I had thought I was going to have, […]


Maddening, but predictable: Rep. Mark Meadows’ punishment for sexual harassment non-response released post-election

BY: - November 16, 2018

The Ethics Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives issued a scathing 45-page report today in which it blasts North Carolina Congressman, Freedom Caucus leader and high-profile Trump supporter Mark Meadows for his “failure to take prompt and decisive action to deal with the alleged sexual harassment in his congressional office.” The case stemmed from […]


Report: GOP tried to speed up vote after learning of second (and third?) Kavanaugh accuser

BY: - September 24, 2018

Ian Millhiser of Think Progress filed this commentary last night in response to the story from the New Yorker that a second accuser has emerged against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh: “A second woman says that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh violated her sexually, according to a new report by the New Yorker’s Ronan Farrow […]

What’s race got to do with It? Most vulnerable populations victimized by predatory behavior in bail bond industry

BY: - March 23, 2018

This week’s Policy Watch story on alleged criminal and predatory behavior in North Carolina’s bail bond industry contains a particularly illuminating example of the way in which minority communities can be harmed by systems that push poor and underrepresented people into dangerous black market situations. From the affidavit of FBI agent Andrew F. Romagnuolo in […]


Insider’s Colin Campbell: Hall case shows need for reform at General Assembly

BY: - March 6, 2018

Colin Campbell, editor of the Insider Government News Service, has an important and insightful column in Raleigh’s News & Observer this morning about the need for reform at the General Assembly when it comes to sexual harassment allegations against lawmakers. The column comes, of course, in the aftermath of last week’s NC Policy Watch reports on […]

Calls mount on social media for Rep. Duane Hall to resign following allegations of sexual harassment

BY: - March 1, 2018

State Rep. Duane Hall is under increasing pressure from members of his own party to step down in the aftermath of an NC Policy Watch story  that detailed five sources who described “persistent sexual innuendo from the three-term legislator and, in some cases, repeated, unwanted sexual overtures.” Hall has denied the allegations. Here’s what some […]


Why and how NC Policy Watch reported the story about Rep. Duane Hall

BY: - February 28, 2018

[This post refers to the story “Top Democrats call on Rep. Duane Hall to resign amid sexual misconduct allegations” that was published this afternoon on the main NC Policy Watch website.] The world of news reporting has changed in many dramatic ways in recent years – some positive and some negative. One change that clearly […]