Last year, Estrella TV news anchor Karla Amezola filed a lawsuit claiming that her boss, Andrés Angulo, was sexually harassing her for years. The lawsuit prompted Estrella TV to conduct an internal investigation which resulted in both Amezola and Angulo being dropped from the network despite several other women coming forward claiming the same kind of treatment from Angulo at both Estrella TV and Univision. Not to mention, Amezola had secret recordings of Angulo making inappropriate remarks to her while he was her boss.
Now, one year after the accusations, lawsuits, and terminations at Estrella TV, Amezola is a Lyft and Uber driver in Los Angeles, reports Variety. Being a national news anchor for a Spanish-speaking news network in Los Angeles makes it hard to disappear into the public and it is something that Amezola has been navigating. Amezola told Variety that every now and then someone gets into the car and instantly recognizes her as the woman who exposed sexual harassment in the Spanish-speaking news world. Her actions have prompted some of her riders to share their stories with her. She is keeping tabs on these stories and has gathered the contact information of these riders because a journalist will always be a journalist.
“I’m a woman. I’m a journalist. I will be a journalist for the rest of my life,” Amezola told Variety. “Sometimes we have to do another thing. But there’s no shame. I feel strong. I feel like, people come here to work. I can do that. Why is it going to be different for me? But at the end, I will be working at what I like to do, which is journalism.”
Workers rights have been evolving and changing sine the Industrial Revolution. Things like the five-day work week, eight-hour days and safe working conditions were all rights that had to be forced on employers through legislation, unions and activism. These things give workers a safe working environment that everyone deserves if they are putting in the time. The latest fight in workers rights is happening in hotels and is thanks in part to the #MeToo movement. Major hotel chains are finally stepping up to protect their housekeepers and other employees by rolling out panic buttons.
Major hotel chains will soon provide panic buttons to their employees in order to prevent them from sexual assaulted and other crimes.
A lot of employees (mainly women) complained of sexual harassment from customers in the past few years. Hotels have therefore decided to give panic buttons to staff. Great to see employers fighting against sexual harassment & protecting employees.#MeToohttps://t.co/KbnX0K67Zqpic.twitter.com/Sky2da5Eo8
“Protecting our employees and the millions of guests who stay in our hotels each day is of paramount importance to the industry,” Katherine Lugar, president and chief executive of the American Hotel and Lodging Association, said to the media, according to Reuters.
Executives and leaders in the hotel industry had resisted the extra safety step, but increased pressure changed their position.
A report by the Center for American Progress showed the employees in the accommodation and food industry have filed the most harassment charges than any other industry.
“The accommodation and food services industry—including full-service restaurants, fast-food restaurants, coffee shops, recreational facilities, inns, hotels, and other hospitality establishments—accounted for 14.2 percent of the sexual harassment claims filed,” reads a report from the Center for American Progress. “Recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show that women represent the majority of workers in the accommodation and food services industry, often in lower-paying jobs such as food servers and preparers.”
The device looks just like a key chain and can be pinned on clothing or hidden in pockets.
A Latina masseuse who worked on Stan Lee during a comic con is suing him over claims of inappropriate sexual misconduct.
Massage therapist Maria Carballo alleges that on the weekend of April 21-23, 2017, she performed two massage therapy sessions for Lee in his hotel room at a Hyatt Regency in Chicago.
According to court documents given to mitu: “During her first massage session, Lee began to fondle himself while lying face down; later, while Ms. Carballo was massaging his quadriceps, Lee began to moan and groan. Feeling uncomfortable, Ms. Carballo ended the massage early and left the hotel room.”
Carballo was then asked to return the following day to give Lee another massage. She alleges that he apologized to her, and she agreed to conduct the massage mostly out of fear of losing her job.
The suit alleges that one hour into the massage, “Lee, again, began moaning. In order to create distance from Lee, Ms. Carballo performed a Shiatsu massage, in which hands are replaced by feet. Within minutes, Lee took her foot and moved it against his genitals. Once Ms. Carballo freed herself from his grip, she promptly gathered her belongings and left.”
Carballo’s complaint contains five counts, including assault, battery, violation of the Illinois Gender Violence Act, emotional distress and civil conspiracy.
Lee has been accused of similar actions before. Earlier this year, an unnamed source said that Lee had behaved sexually inappropriately.
“Thereport states a company that once provided Lee with professional nurses who gave him 24/7 home care terminated their business with Lee late last year, and that the parting of ways came after multiple nurses complained Lee allegedly propositioned them for sex, touched them inappropriately, and exposed himself to them,” Gizmodo reports.
Carballo says she didn’t come forward with her claims earlier because she was afraid.
“For a long time, I was afraid to ask anyone to help me hold Mr. Lee accountable for how he treated me,” Carbello said in a released statement. “He is rich and famous. I am not. After seeing other women fight to be treated with dignity and respect, I decided, me too. I am still nervous and afraid, but not as much as I was before because I have other people helping me.”
Carballo’s attorney, Alexandra Lopez of Cunningham Lopez LLP, also released the following statement: “Women all over the country, especially women in the hotel and service industry, have experienced the pain and embarrassment of being treated like chattel. Whether the men are powerful and influential like Stan Lee, Donald Trump or Bill Cosby, or just everyday businessmen, women deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. Maria knows that she is in for the fight of her life, and we intend to battle with her every step of the way.”
The allegations against Lee dropped on the same day that he attended “Avengers: Infinity War” movie premiere.
Lee’s appearance at the red carpet premiere of “Avengers: Infinity War” caught fans’ attention. The comic legend attended the event in a motorized wheelchair on the same day sexual assault allegations went public.