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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, seen here in July 2021, announced on Aug. 10, 2021, that he would resign amid a sexual harassment scandal. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Complicity and silence around sexual harassment are common – Cuomo and his protectors were a textbook example

Four scholars who study the role witnesses play in helping and protecting harassers say the role played by many in Cuomo’s office fit a pattern of silence, complicity and intimidation.
There’s nothing inherently male about playing video games. Videogame culture, on the other hand, is decidedly anti-female. Chesnot/Getty Images

The Activision Blizzard lawsuit shows gamer culture still has a long way to go: 5 essential reads about sexual harassment and discrimination in gaming and tech

Sexual harassment and discrimination in gaming and tech is not inevitable or permanent, write experts in the field. The solutions are positive community standards and women in power.
What hapens when someone outside of the university community co-ordinates a mass email campaign demanding the firing of a faculty member? University policies need to cover this. (Shutterstock)

Post-secondary workplace harassment policies need to adapt to digital life

Where policies do address online abuse and harassment, they’re largely ineffective in a world where academics engage with people in a variety of public platforms and through social media.
Toxic workplaces and abusive bosses can make our lives miserable and seriously erode our physical and mental well-being. As we return to the office following the COVID-19 pandemic, time may be up for bad bosses. (Pixabay)

Toxic bosses should be the next to face #MeToo-type reprisals

Could the resignation of Canada’s governor general represent a watershed moment for workers’ rights?
A 19-year-old first-year student from Promoting Opportunities for Women in Engineering at McGill addresses Grade 11 students in 2017 in Montréal. Progress has been made to encourage more women to study STEM since the Montréal Massacre in 1989. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Montréal Massacre, 30 years later: My experience as a woman in engineering

Engineering is in a better place than in 1989. More women are studying the field, and academic administrators and managers want to hire female engineers. But more work is still needed.
Not all instances of sexism are tangible or easy to explain, but they can have similar impacts on women’s mental health as overt sexism. Zivica Kerkez

Still serving guests while your male relatives relax? Everyday sexism like this hurts women’s mental health

It can happen at work, on the street or at home – even by the people who love us. Everyday sexism might be hard to pin down, but it’s pervasive and creates an additional layer of stress for women.
Young people working in the hospitality industry – covering restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs – are particularly prone to exploitative practices, according to the Fair Work Ombudsman. Shutterstock

Welcome to your first job: expect to be underpaid, bullied, harassed or exploited in some way

Three-quarters of teenagers in our survey experienced exploitation, bullying, harassment or some other form of abuse in their first job.

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