sexual harassment


Sexual harassment cases at school: Appeals court ruling could change how schools judge complaints

BY: - July 25, 2021

When a Virginia high school teen reported that another student repeatedly touched her breasts and genitals without consent during a school band trip, the school decided there wasn’t enough evidence to establish that there was a “sexual assault.” They did not punish the alleged offender. The student sued the school in federal court under Title […]

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Iowa hasn’t learned its lesson about preventing workplace harassment

BY: - June 4, 2021

The Iowa State Appeal Board recently approved another sexual harassment settlement for an employee who endured disgusting and retaliatory behavior at the hands of her supervisor while working for the Department of Human Services. Compensating targets of sexual harassment is necessary, but the current outcomes aren’t solving the problem of harassment in Iowa government workplaces. […]

County prosecutor accused of insulting judges and making sexually charged remarks

BY: - May 6, 2021

Editor’s note: This story contains language that may be offensive to some readers. A Wapello County criminal prosecutor is accused of making sexually charged comments to employees and making denigrating comments about the judges he faced in court. The allegations against Wapello County Attorney Reuben Neff were made by Tanvi Yenna, who worked in Neff’s […]

Funeral home director and DMACC accused in sexual harassment lawsuits

BY: - February 10, 2021

A Des Moines Area Community College student is suing the school, alleging she was the victim of sexual assault and harassment at the hands of an Iowa funeral home director. The woman alleges the funeral home director assaulted her while the two were transporting bodies and while they worked in a funeral home’s embalming room. […]

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Polk County prosecutor agrees to plea deal for former Van Buren County prosecutor

BY: - January 29, 2021

The former Van Buren County prosecutor removed from office for what the Iowa Supreme Court called “shocking” displays of sexual harassment has pleaded guilty to reduced criminal charges stemming from an altercation in Des Moines last summer. Former Van Buren County Attorney Abraham Watkins was arrested the afternoon of Aug. 30, 2020, on Court Avenue […]

Judge: State failed to investigate worker’s complaints about sexually charged incidents

BY: - October 1, 2020

A disease specialist with the Iowa Department of Public Health was fired for sexual harassment earlier this year after complaining about sexually charged incidents in the workplace. One of the man’s complaints stemmed from a game, allegedly concocted by state employees, that awarded plush toys to contestants who used their mouths to put condoms on […]