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Sexual Harassment of Nurses, NPs, and PAs

Medscape's Sexual Harassment of Nurses, NPs, and PAs: Report 2018 shows results from more than 6200 physicians and clinicians in the...

Sexual Harassment of Nurses, NPs, and PAs

Medscape's Sexual Harassment of Nurses, NPs, and PAs: Report 2018 shows results from more than 6200 physicians and clinicians in the United States. We asked respondents about specific harassing behavior they have experienced or witnessed, where it occurred, how they responded, and how it affected them. We also asked whether they had been accused of sexual harassment. Our comprehensive report describes the current state of sexual misconduct in the healthcare realm by asking about instances occurring within the past 3 years, as opposed to instances of harassment over one's entire career.

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Hesitating to hail that ride?

Have you had second thoughts about using a ride-hailing service, like UBER or LYFT, due to allegations of sexual harassment and more by their independent-contract drivers? Both companies have been making big changes in their policies and rider agreements. A big change is that both now will allow riders and drivers to file allegations of rape, sexual assault and harassment in courts and mediation, rather than being locked into an arbitration hearing.  Uber also announced recently it will do criminal background checks on its U.S. drivers annually and add a 911 button for summoning help in emergencies.

For more of this story, see http://www.staradvertiser.com/2018/05/15/business/business-breaking/uber-shifts-policy-for-alleged-sexual-misconduct-on-service/

Regardless of the means for registering a complaint, the smart rider will get competent legal help.


Employers BEWARE!

Rather than handling harassment complaints on an ad hoc basis, employers should consider the steps that will be followed and the internal and external resources that may be needed if and when complaints are made.

Developing a response plan has multiple benefits. First, in this era of social media and the 24-hour news cycle, companies—particularly those that are in the public eye—want to be ready to act immediately when made aware of harassment or assault allegations. Employees, as well as the media and public, expect that immediate action will be taken when harassment allegations come to light. Having a response plan allows a company to address in advance questions that can otherwise cause delays when a harassment complaint is made. Second, having a plan for responding to harassment complaints takes personalities out of the equation when a report is made. A well-considered plan helps avoid a circumstance in which the identities of the parties (such as the involvement of a “superstar employee”) are perceived to influence the manner in which the employer responds to a complaint. Third, advance planning permits necessary stakeholders within the company to be part of the process, allowing the employer’s response to harassment complaints to be considered as part of the company’s proactive diversity and inclusion efforts.

To develop YOUR plan, contact www.lawbarron.com

You too?

The challenges of getting a just resolution to a complaint of sexual harassment in the workplace are perceived by the victim/survivor as nearly insurmountable. The perceived power of the employer machine can make it seem best to just 'shut up and get over it'. That just doesn't work. The victim/survivor has been defiled and may have to face the harasser or others that may be aware to the crime frequently. Like salt in a wound, this increases the pain, and the 'survival' action seems to be just to leave the scene. Careers and be tossed in the junk heap, dreams of better life are dashed away.

Trouble is, this makes the harassment 'ok', and it makes likely further harassment on others. That makes the victim/survivor a sort-of accomplice, by silence alone.

The me-too movement has demonstrated the near-institutionalization of sexual harassment in certain fields: the Casting Couch, the and it's corollary in any industry is a means of minimizing the power and control of the individual and potentially threatening their future in a field of endeavor.

One group formed in Sacramento, California, called We Said Enough. Their website features many instances of harassment and abuse in the California State Capitol. The common theme is that speaking up has danger to future effectiveness and employment. It is a big price to pay for justice. https://www.wesaidenough.com/stories
As this site says, “We have endured, witnessed, or worked with people who have experienced some form of degrading behavior by those with power in our workplaces. They have groped us and touched us without our consent. They have made inappropriate comments about our bodies and our abilities. Insults and gross innuendo, frequently disguised as jokes, have undermined our professional positions and capabilities. They have made promises, or threats, about our jobs in exchange for our compliance, or our silence. They have leveraged their power and positions to treat us however they would like."

Harassment has been exposed all across the world:
In a case in India, the Prime Minister (Chief Justice) was criticized for how he handled a complaint of harassment by a District Judge (HC) who was up for appointment to a higher court. The inquiry into how the complaint was handled seemed itself to become a political, jurisdictional football. The accuser said in her complaint to the PM that she was not asked any questions on her allegations by any authority from the District Court (HC) or the Supreme Court (SC).

Cases have emerged in China, Egypt, Ecuador, Kenya and Pakistan … one international organization has raised the point that “we should not only recognize that the producer’s couch in L.A. can be a dangerous place, but also imagine what it is like on the factory floor in Cairo." http://time.com/5192406/metoo-international-womens-day-care/

The media have made a big splash of the high profile cases. Hey, it sells papers, draws attention to websites, sells advertising! But what about just YOU? Are YOU up to having your face splashed all over the place, continually reminding you of the abuse you have already suffered? The harasser is typically flanked and represented by others that appear to have greater power than the victim/survivor. It is critical to have someone speak FOR the victim/survivor, someone who can stand up to the powerful forces and not be intimidated.

While the governments of the world tackle the legislatve questions, each individual case deserves it's justice. Don't stand alone.


One of the best urban trails in the country - The American River Bike Trail

It’s so easy to forget about one of our region’s great treasures — the American River Bike Trail — or more properly, the Jedediah Smith Memorial Bicycle Trail, accessible from Discovery Park at the Garden Highway. The American River Bike Trail hugs the banks of the American River as it flows through riparian habitat preserved by the American River Parkway. The trail runs for 32 miles between Discovery Park in Old Sacramento and Folsom Lake's southwestern banks at Beal's Point.

The trail has been in the news for several reasons. The Jibboom Street Bridge, in Discovery Park, right on the edge of Old Sacramento, has been closed since they are repairing the 1931 bridge and it’s not scheduled to open until May 31. In 2017, there were safety concerns due to violence along the trail. Most of the activity happened in the first four or five miles where increasing numbers of homeless people were living. Sacramento Supervisors last August approved a $5 million plan to beef up patrols along the parkway and clean up homeless encampments after dozens of citizens packed the chambers. Sacramento is creating more options for homeless people. Mayor Steinberg hopes to keep open a winter triage warehouse that houses more than 250 people and create more centers.

This year on the trail, there is a regular presence of rangers. They even staff an information table handing out excellent free trail maps that mark phones, rest rooms, camp sites, picnic areas and vehicle access with parking. It is recommended to have a partner on the trail.

You feel like you are in wilderness much of the time. Along the trail we saw deer, turkey, squirrels, egrets and ducks — many bird species. Great horned owl and hawks are very visible in the just-leafing-out trees. In the past I have seen coyote, otters, salmon spawning and coveys of California quail. One year on March 31, pipevine swallowtail butterflies were in profusion along all 32 miles of the trail.

The Southern Maidu lived along that trail as long as 3,000 years ago. Jedidiah Smith was the first explorer to come over the mountains and reach California in 1827. He was impressed with the turbulence of the river and the grizzly. You’ll find the location of John Sutter’s grist mill.

Take advantage of one of the best urban trails in the country.

The two-lane trail is completely paved, with mile markers, trailside maps, water fountains, restrooms and telephones along the way. There are also plenty of places to stop to eat, rest or enjoy the scenery. Most of the trail is shaded and level, although the route does traverse some rolling terrain. Along the way you'll pass through several parks and swimming areas, as well as through the suburban enclaves of Sacramento.

About 2 miles of the trail is on-road in a designated bike lane. In addition, the popular trail is shared by many different users, including in-line skaters and equestrians.

Check out the dining options along the Garden Highway, like Chevy's and Pearl on the River after your ride.
  • Excerpted from the Davis Enterprise Column, Jean Jackman, At The Pond; and TrailLink by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
  • brought to you by Barron Law http://lawbarron.com/

Johnny Cash Trail

The Johnny Cash Trail connects the Folsom Lake Trail by way of a new bike/pedestrian over-crossing, beautifully inspired by the architecture of nearby Folsom Prison. With the bike trail infrastructure in place, the City of Folsom plans to create a world-class linear public art experience that will celebrate and honor the legendary Johnny Cash, his music, and his history with the City of Folsom.

Along the trail, eight larger-than-life public art pieces will tell the story of Johnny Cash, his connection to Folsom Prison, and his epic musical career. Visitors will have an opportunity to enrich the experience using smartphone apps and audio designed to bring each art piece to life as it incorporates Cash’s music, historical documentary information, and interactive elements.

Run with Santa in Folsom

Put on your jingle bells and Santa hats and join us for our 4th Annual Santa Fun Run! This holiday themed, family oriented 5k & 10k walk/run and Santa Fun Run will feature live carolers, free hot chocolate and Santa Claus! Both the 5k and 10k routes start and finish at Vista del Lago High School, right in the heart of Folsom! The routes are on the beautiful, paved trails going through the Empire Ranch nature areas. Enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas atmosphere with carolers, free hot chocolate and cider, and Santa Claus! Proceeds from the event will benefit the Keaton Raphael Memorial, an extraordinary non-profit organization that supports children diagnosed with cancer and their families with emotional, educational, and financial support while increasing awareness and funding research toward a cure. Funds raised at this event will go directly to the Keaton Raphael Memorial Family Navigator Program. Not a walker or a runner? Sign up to volunteer! We need you there! All information is available on our website www.FolsomClassic.com
Get outside and have some healthy, family fun during the holiday season!
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