Kaizen Restaurants, Inc., which operates dozens of Burger King restaurants in Oregon and Washington, has agreed to pay $150,000 and implement preventive measures to resolve a sexual harassment lawsuit, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced. The lawsuit filed by the agency charged that Kaizen allowed a supervisor to sexually harass a teen employee working at her first job. For nearly two years, a crewmember at the Sandy, Ore., Burger King was relentlessly pursued by her older, married supervisor with unwelcome sexual comments and touching, according to the EEOC.

More News to Cheer This Week:

  • The Conservative Jewish seminary in Israel has voted to allow gays and lesbians to become rabbis, reported the AP April 20.
  • The deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture will focus on programs that benefit women and minority farmers, reported CBS News April 20.
  • Women 18 to 34 are more concerned with finding a high-paying career than men of the same age, 66 percent compared with 59 percent, according to a Pew Research poll, reported the Chicago Tribune April 20. That compares with 56 percent of women and 58 percent of men in 1997.
  • Company representatives from LEGO are set to meet with two women who started a petition on change.org calling for a change to the company’s gendered new line of toys, reported Brand Channel April 20.
  • A former employee of Computer Sciences Corporation filed a gender discrimination harassment lawsuit against the multi-billion dollar company, reported PRWeb April 18.
  • A few House Democrats will introduce a bill that would allow mothers with young children who receive welfare benefits to stay at home and continue receiving assistance, reported the Huffington Post April 18.
  • International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge said he will keep up the pressure on Saudi Arabia, which has once again refused to send a women’s team to the Olympic Games, AFP reported April 15.
  • New York Sens. Velmanette Montgomery and Ruth Hassell-Thompson joined advocates for sex workers and the LGBT community to push for passage of a bill that would bar the possession of condoms as evidence of prostitution, The Times Union reported April 17.
  • American women today are more likely to earn college degrees than men with women receiving 57 percent of all bachelor’s and 60 percent of all master’s degrees, researchers at the University of Texas at San Antonio and the University of Minnesota found, The Globe and Mail reported April 17.
  • Most Americans think the number of women in the workplace is a good thing for children of working mothers, a survey found, CNN reported April 17.
  • Women in England will soon be able to get emergency contraception delivered by courier to the office — the morning after, The Daily Mail reported April 16.


catholic nunsThe Vatican has appointed an American bishop to rein in the largest and most influential group of Catholic nuns in the United States, saying that an investigation found that the group had “serious doctrinal problems,” reported the New York Times April 19. According to the Vatican’s assessment of Leadership Conference of Women Religious, the group promoted “radical feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith.” Areas of dispute include health care; bishops came out against the mandate to require religiously affiliated organizations such as hospitals to provide contraception in health care plans, while many nuns supported it. Another group cited in the report, Network, was reprimanded for focusing too much on poverty and social justice while being “silent” on abortion and same-sex marriage. The Vatican has given the leaders of the investigation five years to change the group’s statutes, as well as control over speakers at the conference’s public programs.

More News to Jeer This Week:

  • The 2 billion women in Asia are still paid less than men for similar work and are extremely underrepresented in top leadership positions, according to a report that estimates limits on female employment cost the region $89 billion a year in lost productivity, reported the AP April 19.
  • About 150 Afghan schoolgirls were poisoned after drinking contaminated water at a high school in the country’s north, officials said, blaming it on conservative radicals opposed to female education, Reuters reported April 17.
  • Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed a law that will additional restrictive regulations on the state’s only abortion clinic, starting July 1, The Associated Press reported April 17. At least 75 bills to restrict abortion passed one state legislative chamber in the first quarter of 2012, according to the Guttmacher Institute, The Washington Times reported April 15. Last year, a record of 127 abortion-restricting bills passed one chamber.
  • Local Boy Scouts leaders in Bridgeport, Ohio, revoked the membership of Tiger Scout leader Jennifer Tyrrell for being gay, reported WTOV9 April 17.
  • While women still only earn 77 percent for each dollar earned annually by men and 82 percent of each dollar earned weekly, a fact sheet released by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research indicates that the gender wage gap is a common feature of women’s working lives in nearly all of the most common occupations for women and men.
  • Britain’s largest abortion provider said that thousands of attempts have been made to hack its website following a high-profile security breach when personal details of 10,000 women were stolen, reported the AP April 19.


  • Three Secret Service agents involved in a prostitution scandal are being forced out of their jobs, reported the New York Times April 18. The one agent who is being fired outright, as opposed to retiring or resigning, is planning to file a lawsuit, according to Slate April 19.
  • The political arm of Planned Parenthood launched a TV spot called “Dangerous” in Pennsylvania, where Democrat Patrick Slattery is running against Republican Ryan Mackenzie for an open seat. The ad aims to send a message to state Republicans who are attempting to pass a restrictive ultrasound bill.
  • Amid speculation as to who Mitt Romney will pick as his running mate is a discussion of whether he will end up selecting a woman, but memories of Sarah Palin’s rocky media interviews and lack of experience in 2008 make that less likely, reported ABC News April 18.
  • American women favor Barack Obama by a 14-point margin over Mitt Romney, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed, Reuters reported April 17.
  • Texas officials have asked for more time to phase out federal funding for a women’s health program after federal officials said it was illegal for the state to ban Planned Parenthood from participating in it, The Huffington Post reported April 17.
  • Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner pushed back against the argument made by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and allies that women were the biggest losers of jobs during the Obama administration, calling the GOP claim “ridiculous and very misleading,” The Washington Post reported April 15.
  • Several years out, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton holds a whopping lead over other possible Democratic candidates for the White House, according to Public Policy Polling, reported Politico April 18.
  • Margot Wallstrom, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, has informed the Secretary-General that she will relinquish her post on May 31 due to family considerations, according to a press statement released April 16.
  • U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) argued that women should be allowed to make choices over their own bodies, while blasting Obamacare on Meet The Press Sunday, Fox News reported April 16. Bachman is an abortion opponent.

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