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Panthers owner announces sale amid sexual harassment claims

Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson said Sunday that he would sell the National Football League franchise amid allegations that he used a racial slur against an African-American employee and sexually harassed female workers. The announcement came after the allegations first reported by Sports Illustrated — and on the same day the Panthers defeated the Green Bay Packers, making them 10-4 and ranked fifth in their conference. In a statement, Richardson said there had been “no greater mission or purpose in my life” than bringing an NFL team to Charlotte, North…

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How companies handle accusations in the #MeToo era

In the fast-paced era of the #MeToo movement, the number of high-profile men accused of sexual misconduct keeps growing — and some of the accused have lost their jobs seemingly instantaneously. While many have admitted, or partially admitted, wrongdoing, others — including talk show host Tavis Smiley, radio host Garrison Keillor, New Yorker political reporter Ryan Lizza, and former Rep. Harold Ford, Jr. — have denied the claims against them. Yet they’ve still been fired by their companies. That kind of corporate response may seem harsh, but employment law attorneys…

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Sex harassment cases redraw election map next year

WASHINGTON — Alabama’s stunning Senate race is over, but there are more special elections ahead — and they will all be analyzed, dissected and picked apart for what the outcomes mean for President Donald Trump and the Republicans ahead of November’s midterm elections. The political calendar in 2018 is lighter — so far — than 2017’s, which was defined by a string of high-profile contests from Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District to Alabama’s Senate race. But two congressional races and a slew of state legislative contests have already been scheduled —…

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Inside Congress’ largest sexual harassment settlement

WASHINGTON — Of all the secret deals cut on behalf of accused members of congress, the one that resulted in the largest settlement yet uncovered may be the most surprising. The details provide a window into a process so opaque, convoluted and confusing that even the accused congressman was left in the dark about exactly how and why his accuser ended up being paid $220,000 for her claim. With new harassment accusations being revealed on a nearly daily basis in Congress, documents obtained by NBC News from this one case…

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Democratic Rep. Kihuen won’t seek re-election amid sexual harassment claims

LAS VEGAS — First-term Democratic Congressman Ruben Kihuen of Nevada, who is at the center of sexual harassment allegations, announced Saturday he won’t seek re-election. Kihuen’s announcement came a day after the House Ethics Committee opened an investigation into whether Kihuen “may have engaged in sexual harassment” with a campaign aide and a lobbyist. “I want to state clearly again that I deny the allegations in question,” Kihuen said. “I am committed to fully cooperating with the House Ethics Committee and I look forward to clearing my name.” The freshman…

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Inflammatory letter alleges Uber used shady tactics

SAN FRANCISCO — A former Uber security specialist accused the company of dispatching a team of spies to steal its rivals’ trade secrets and using shady tactics to thwart its competition in the ride-hailing market, according to an inflammatory letter unsealed Friday by a federal judge. Those tactics allegedly included impersonating other people, illegally recording conversations and hacking into computers. Former Uber manager Richard Jacobs, who was fired earlier this year, made the explosive claims in a 37-page letter that sought a big payoff for being forced out of the…

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Anita Hill will help fight sexual misconduct in Hollywood

Anita Hill will helm a new commission tasked with taking on the pervasive issue of sexual misconduct in Hollywood — brought to light following droves of accusations against former producer Harvey Weinstein earlier this year. Hill, an attorney and academic, was tapped Friday as the chair of the Hollywood Commission for Eliminating Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace, which was created and being funded by top industry executives. They include Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, co-chair of the Nike Foundation Maria Eitel, entertainment lawyer Nina Shaw and venture capitalist…

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Female Congressional Candidate Quits Race Over Sexual Harassment Allegations

Andrea Ramsey is accused of sexually harassing a male subordinate in 2005 More (TOPEKA, Kan.) — A female congressional candidate dropped out of the Kansas race Friday over a 12-year-old lawsuit accusing her of sexually harassing a male subordinate, an unusual case of a woman facing the sort of misconduct allegations that have forced numerous men out of their jobs in recent weeks. Andrea Ramsey announced in a Facebook post she was ending her campaign, calling allegations that she harassed her former employee and then retaliated against him “a lie.”…

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Female House candidate ends campaign after sexual harassment accusations

A female candidate in a congressional race in Kansas ended her campaign Friday after past allegations resurfaced of sexual harassment which were made against her by a former employee. Andrea Ramsey, who had been one of several Democrats running to unseat politically vulnerable Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-Kan., in the state’s third congressional district, wrote in a post on her Facebook page that she would exit the in the wake of the allegations. Her announcement came just after the Kansas City Star reported that it had asked her about a 2005…

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Peter Jackson seems to confirm Harvey Weinstein blacklisted actresses

On the night of the Oscars in 1996, 28-year-old Mira Sorvino delivered a tearful acceptance speech after her win for best supporting actress. It was her breakout moment. But just a few years later, Sorvino seemed to disappear from Hollywood. “There may have been other factors,” Sorvino told The New Yorker in October, “but I definitely felt iced out and that my rejection of Harvey had something to do with it.” Mira Sorvino and Harvey Weinstein at Miramax’s 1996 Oscar party on March 25, 1996. BEImages / Rex Features via…

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