Media round-up: This week’s diversity news

Sexual harassment has dominated the headlines this week.

Top UK firms and politicians implicated in sexual harassment story
Businesses, politicians and Great Ormond Street Charity sought to distance themselves from the President’s Club Charity Fundraising dinner today after an investigation by the Financial Times revealed that waitresses at the event were groped, sexually harassed and propositioned.

Most employees have witnessed sexism at work
Research finds gender discrimination is rife at work as business community reacts to Presidents Club harassment revelations

Sexual Harassment Is All Too Common in Hospitality Work
The closing of the Presidents Club isn’t enough to end an industry-wide problem.

Don’t wait for legal change to stamp out harassment
Gender discrimination is bad for women and bad for business, so it’s time to create real change

And in other news…

BBC confirms pay cut for male stars after it changes story five times

The BBC has confirmed that Huw Edwards, John Humphrys, Jeremy Vine, Nick Robinson, Nicky Campbell and Jon Sopel have agreed to reduce their salaries, after a morning of farce in which the BBC website reported some of their names and then retracted them.

Seven in 10 UK workers are ‘chronically broke’, study finds
Economic insecurity is ‘new normal’, with only 30% saying they live comfortably

British para-snowboarder accuses governing body of disability and sex discrimination
An independent investigation has been launched after a British para-snowboarding athlete, who had her UK Sport funding cut while she was being treated in a psychiatric hospital, made allegations of disability and sex discrimination.

Half of trans employees in UK hide LGBT status at work
Stonewall report shows that one in eight have been attacked by colleagues or customers

New blue badge rules to benefit people with hidden disabilities
Changes to scheme mean people with autism and dementia could be entitled to parking permits

Racist undertones of Britain’s jazz age explored in exhibition
London show includes a version of The Breakdown, a painting that caused outrage in 1926

BBC to air major nature series written and directed by women
Anne Sommerfield, a director of Animals With Cameras, says ‘we were just the best candidates’

New president of UK group Women in PR announced
Golin London MD Bibi Hilton has been named the new president of UK group Women in PR (WIPR).

Scottish Labour party to vote on using more women-only shortlists
Plan for Westminster candidates set to get go-ahead, but vote for deputy likely to be delayed

Karen Blackett on authentic leadership and creating opportunity
The FT has named MediaCom UK’s chairwoman, Karen Blackett, as a champion of women in business, while her peers have voted her the ad industry’s most admired leader. A keen advocate of the bottom-line benefits of board diversity, she says that her firm’s achievements in this field are ‘not by chance’ – and suggests how other employers might emulate them