Sexual Conduct

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White House Addresses Sexual Misconduct in K-12 Schools

A new notice and resource materials from the White House remind K-12 schools of their obligations to prevent and address sexual misconduct under Title IX of the Education Act of 1972. Like colleges and universities, K-12...more

Department of Education Releases Training Materials on Handling Sexual Misconduct

The Department of Education (DOE) recently released the Safe Place to Learn resource package, providing schools with a variety of materials aimed at eliminating student-on-student sexual harassment and sexual violence. The...more

California Ballot 2016: Pros and Cons of Props 57-61

This is the second post in our California Ballot 2016 series – providing the “nutshell” versions of each of the 17 state-wide measures voters must decide in November. Please refer to our first post in the series: Props 51-56,...more

Sexual Abuse at St. George's School and the School's Reponse: 1970 to 2015

In January 2016, I was asked to conduct an investigation concerning sexual abuse at St. George’s School, and the school’s response to reports of abuse, from 1960 to the present. At the time, St. George’s faced a firestorm of...more

Sexual Misconduct Investigations in Higher Ed Facing Scrutiny by Courts for Gender Bias

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, in Doe v. Columbia University, recently handed down a significant decision regarding potential claims of parties accused of sexual assault or other offenses under university...more

Sixth Circuit Holds Coverage Unavailable for Perpetrator of Sexual Misconduct

In its recent decision in Clifford v. Church Mutual Ins. Co., 2016 Fed. Appx. 0373N (6th Cir. July 5, 2016), the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, applying Ohio law, had occasion to consider the coverage...more

District Potentially Liable for Hiring Teacher Alleged to Have Inappropriately Touched Students

Poe v. Southeast Delco Sch. Dist., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 168598 (E.D. Pa. Dec. 16, 2015): Hiring a teacher with past allegations of sexual misconduct toward students made the district and an administrator potentially liable...more

Suspended Student Sues Penn State University Alleging New Sexual Misconduct Investigative Procedures Violate Due Process

Last week, a federal judge in Pennsylvania granted injunctive relief to a student who was suspended from Penn State University (the “University”) for alleged sexual misconduct. Specifically, the judge issued an order...more

Making Bad Choices: Title IX, Title VII and Ludlow V. Northwestern University

A prior post considered the case of Ha v. Northwestern University, in which the plaintiff claimed that Northwestern had violated Title IX by insufficiently disciplining one of its professors, Peter Ludlow, despite concluding...more

Summary of California Appellate Decisions -August 2015

Insurance; Duty To Defend; Insurance Coverage; Intentional Acts; Sexual Misconduct - Gonzalez v. Fire Insurance Exchange (2015) 234 Cal.App.4th 1220, 184 Cal.Rptr.3d 394 (WL 960927) - Facts: This is an...more

“Enough is Enough” – Governor Cuomo Signs Campus Sexual Assault Legislation

On July 7, 2015, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law legislation to combat sexual assault on both public and private college campuses throughout New York. With a few exceptions, the provisions in the law will take...more

New York State Passes Campus Sexual Assault Law

On June 17, 2015, the New York State Legislature passed legislation governing how colleges and universities address sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking. The governor is expected to sign it...more

Federal Court Dismisses Accused Student’s Title IX Lawsuit Against Vassar College

Last week, a federal judge in New York (Abrams, J.) dismissed an accused student’s lawsuit against Vassar College alleging that the institution discriminated against him by failing to conduct an equitable investigation into a...more

Australia’s High Court Denies Employee Worker’s Compensation Claim For Sex Injury

Ruling in a 4-2 decision[1], the Australian High Court denied a government employee worker’s compensation claim for an injury the employee sustained while having sex in a motel room during a business trip. The female...more

Regulating Revenge Porn And Explicit Online Communications With Children – Easier Said Than Done

Everyone supports the prevention of sexual predators texting illicit material to people under 17. Everyone knows that revenge porn is a scourge on public decency. ...more

College and University Boards Advised to Become and Remain Informed of Sexual Misconduct on Campus

The Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) released an Advisory Statement on Sexual Misconduct on October 24. The AGB recognized many colleges and universities are now defending against lawsuits,...more

The Paradigm Shift In Campus Responses To Sexual Misconduct: From Compliance To Compassion

Over the past several years, there has been growing awareness, public discourse and, at times, unrest about how colleges and universities respond to sexual misconduct. Originally Published in Today’s Campus –...more

Under New California Law—No Proof of Sexual Desire Required to Prove Sexual Harassment

On August 12, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill (SB) 292 which amends section 12940 of the California Fair Employment and Housing Act....more

Understanding and Mitigating Liability for Workplace Romances

Originally published in the New York Law Journal on December 26, 2012. The recent life-imitating-art headlines featuring illicit romantic affairs involving senior corporate and governmental leaders remind us that there...more

Labor Letter, September 2012: Supervisor-Subordinate Relationships: Never A Good Idea

Since many people spend most of their waking hours at the office, and often spend more time with coworkers than family members, it's not unusual for workplace romances to blossom. But if that romance is between a supervisor...more

Labor Letter - September 2012

In This Issue: - When “Let’s Keep It Quiet” Is An Unfair Labor Practice By Ray Haley (Louisville): On July 30, 2012, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a bad decision for any employer that expects...more

Employment Law Update: Romance in the Workplace: You, Me and our Employer?

As Valentine’s Day approaches, here are some interesting facts for employers to consider: Statistics indicate that over 10 percent of married couples met at work. Almost a third of respondents in a recent survey by Monster...more

On Valentine's Day, Cupid Will Be Circling the Workplace-What Can Employers Do to Mitigate Risks?

For employers, Cupid’s arrow only points one direction… the Company’s Sexual Harassment Policy. While Valentine’s Day may be a holiday to celebrate love and romance, it can quickly become an employer’s worst nightmare....more

On Valentine's Day, Cupid Will Be Circling the Workplace-What Can Employers Do to Mitigate Risks?

For employers, Cupid’s arrow only points one direction… the Company’s Sexual Harassment Policy. While Valentine’s Day may be a holiday to celebrate love and romance, it can quickly become an employer’s worst nightmare. ...more

Weekly Law Resume - December 1, 2011: Sporadic Incidents of Alleged Sexual Conduct Insufficient to Create a Hostile Work...

Stephanie Brennan v. Townsend & O'Leary Enterprises, Inc., et al. Court of Appeal, Fourth District (October 18, 2011) In this case, the Court of Appeal held that judgment for an employer was proper where the plaintiff...more

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