Gov. Mike DeWine's (R-Ohio) selection to be the next director of the Ohio Department of Health has provided more input into the decision for why she backed out of the role.

For years, YouTube has faced flak from its critics over the video platform's anti-harassment policies. Now, the Google-owned company announced Wednesday it will take a tougher stance on content negatively targeting people based on their race, gender expression or sexual orientation.

Videos and comments with a threatening or intimidating message will be removed under the new guidelines. The policy will apply to everyone, "from private individuals, to YouTube creators, to public officials."

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A group of McDonald's cooks and cashiers is suing the fast-food chain over the company's handling of what the lawsuit presents as a "nationwide pattern" of customers attacking and harassing workers.

 James Reardon, Jr.
Mahoning County Sheriff's Office

A 20-year-old Ohio man has pleaded not guilty to threatening a Jewish community center in a video posted to Instagram.

Editor's note: This story contains terms that many will find offensive.

YouTube has announced it will be taking steps to remove supremacist content and will re-examine its anti-harassment policy — following days of backlash surrounding its decision not to ban a right-wing YouTuber for targeting a gay journalist.

State Rep. Scott Wiggam (R-Wooster) was accused of making racist comments by a former legislative aide.
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A legislative aide in the Ohio House who filed a complaint of inappropriate workplace behavior has lost her job.

Larry Householder
Ohio House

An investigation into a complaint of inappropriate workplace behavior from an Ohio House legislative aide  found no wrongdoing. But late Friday, the aide who made the complaint - Marissa Reyes - was laid off along with six other employees, Cleveland.com reports.

The new CHOICES domestic violence shelter which opened in January and can accomodate up to 120 people and currently has a waitlist of more than 40 people.
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Domestic violence survivors in Franklin County only have one place to go if they need to seek refuge: a shelter called CHOICES. For the last 40 years, CHOICES has been operating out of an old house from the early 1900s.

 In this Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, file photo, Amazon Echo Spots are displayed during a program announcing several new Amazon products by the company, in Seattle.
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Earlier this month, Powell Police released hundreds of pages of records related to the case of Ohio State football coach Zach Smith and his ex-wife Courtney. One detail that arose from the files was apparent cyberstalking, when the email account for a security camera in Courtney Smith's condominium was deactivated without her knowledge, while a hidden camera was found inside.

Ohio State University's William Oxley Thompson Library.
Ohio State University

Ohio State University has announced the creation of a centralized office for responding to sexual- and gender-based harassment, violence and other types of discrimination and harassment.

Sen. Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati)
Ohio Senate

Two state representatives have formally apologized for derogatory comments they made at a going away party earlier this week – comments that had other lawmakers fuming and calling for an investigation.

The experience of reporting sexual harassment has changed radically in a few weeks.

Widespread allegations of Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein's sexual misconduct touched off a torrent of other public allegations that are now toppling some powerful figures across many industries.

That list includes NPR's top editor, Michael Oreskes, who was fired last month amid allegations of sexual harassment.

Now, many victims find themselves holding a very loud microphone.

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In the weeks since allegations of sexual harassment and assault against movie producer Harvey Weinstein became public, a number of other stories of abuse have come to light: in Hollywood, in newsrooms (including NPR's), and now, in statehouses across the country.

Workplace Harassment and Assault

Nov 3, 2017

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A number of women stepped forward with accusations of sexual misconduct from Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein of Miramax Films. It's not the first storyline on the subject to emerge from a high-profile industry this year. With sexual assault and gender discrimination scandals also erupting in Silicon Valley and awareness growing nationwide, we look at the prevalence sexual harassment in the workplace.

Ohio Statehouse
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The top leader of the Ohio House is defending his actions after newly-released records show three representatives and one staff member were disciplined after complaints of harassment.