Sexual Harassment

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Be My Workplace Valentine? We’ll See . . .

Psychology Today had a great article by social psychologist and professor Theresa DiDonato about nine questions one should ask oneself before starting a workplace romance. Of course, the article was written primarily from a...more

EEOC Releases Fiscal Year 2015 Enforcement and Litigation Data

Retaliation, Race Discrimination and Harassment Persist; Disability Charges Increase - WASHINGTON - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today released detailed breakdowns of the 89,385 charges of...more

Swipe Left to Avoid Liability: Policing Dating Apps in the Workplace

According to a 2015 survey, nearly two-thirds of people in the United States and over 2 billion people worldwide own smartphones. For some smartphone users, their phones are their only avenue of access to the Internet....more

When Cupid’s Arrow Strikes the Workplace

With Valentine’s Day approaching, love is in the air, and employers need to be mindful of the risks associated with workplace romance. While these risks exist year-round, the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday may trigger...more

All Is Fair In Love And The Workplace?

It is not surprising that sparks may fly in the workplace, considering that most Americans spend more time at work than they do anywhere else. And as Valentine’s Day approaches, workplace romances are especially likely to...more

Can You Love Employment Law and Love Valentine’s Day?

For years, I’ve been “warning” about the upcoming holiday of Valentine’s Day. Back in 2011, I recapped several cases where employees’ inappropriate behavior on this day of love, led to lawsuits....more

Helpful Policies To Address Office Romances This Valentine’s Day

They say that “love is in the air” around Valentine’s Day, but companies should avoid breathing it in too deeply. Because office romances are prevalent, employers should take proactive steps to reduce the liability of such...more

Save-A-Lot Franchise Pays $125,000 to Settle EEOC Sexual Harassment Suit

Company Ignored Escalating Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault of Female Cashier, Federal Agency Charged - GREENVILLE, Miss. - The Canton, Miss., franchise of Save-A-Lot Grocery operated by Potter and Sims Foods, Inc.,...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: February 2016

Equal pay and EEO-1 reports made headlines last Friday as the EEOC and the White House celebrated the 7th anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Act. The EEOC announced a proposed new requirement for federal contractors and...more

New York: Women’s Equality Act Legislation

In 2013, Governor Cuomo proposed multiple pieces of legislation, dubbed the Women’s Equality Act (“WEA”), to protect and further women’s equality in New York state. The legislation has been signed and became effective last...more

Federal Government Remains Focused on Title IX Compliance

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently made announcements that signal the government’s continued focus on ensuring that colleges and universities comply with Title IX's...more

The Hot, Sweaty, Smelly Results are In: You Can’t Sexually Harass Your Employee Even if She’s a Lawyer and You’re a Guru

In a tabloid-worthy legal verdict delivered on January 27, 2016, hot-yoga guru Bikram Choudhury has been found guilty by a Los Angeles jury of sexually harassing his own company lawyer and then firing her after she attempted...more

Sirdah Enterprises/Taboo 2 Consents to $250,000 Judgment to Settle EEOC Sexual Harassment Suit

Roswell Restaurant/Nightclub Manager Harassed Waitresses And Forced Them to Quit, Federal Agency Charged - ATLANTA - Sirdah Enterprises, Inc., doing business as Taboo 2 Bar & Bistro in Roswell, Ga., has consented to a...more

EEOC Sues Windsor Inn for Sexual Harassment and Retaliation

Restaurant Owner Sexually Assaulted and Harassed Female Employees, Federal Agency Charges - BALTIMORE -R.V. Associates Limited, doing business as Windsor Inn, violated federal law when its restaurant manager subjected...more

New York Employers – Looking Backward and Forward.

Last year was a ‘big year’ in New York in terms of new employment laws, and 2016 is shaping up to be just as big – as employers come into compliance with the many new laws, and brace for additional changes to come....more

New Year’s Resolution: Internal Investigation Tips For Retail Employers

The first time you learn of an employee’s complaint probably isn’t the day your company is served with a lawsuit. In most cases, the alleged victim complains to the company first. While an initial internal complaint provides...more

2015 Year in Review—the Top 10 Trends in New Jersey Employment Law

In 2015, there were important developments in New Jersey employment law. This newsletter examines some of those developments in ten key areas— background checks, whistleblowing, paid sick leave, wage and hour, Law Against...more

Did Bill Clinton “Sexually Harass” Monica Lewinsky? Uh, No.

If you’re following the 2016 presidential elections at all, you know that Hillary Clinton’s political opponents are trying to attack her by making an issue of Bill’s sexual misconduct. One of the things being said by some of...more

Legal Trends: Employment & Labour

In the past year, the media and governments across Canada have paid greater attention to workplace discrimination and harassment. In Ontario, for example, the government introduced Bill 132, Sexual Violence and Harassment...more

When Is a Coworker Also a Supervisor: Issue Still Undecided after Recent Fourth Circuit Decision…

On November 6, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, in McKinnish v. Brennan, an unpublished decision, confirmed that an employee’s failure to report his or her supervisor’s allegedly sexually explicit text...more

New Year, New Rules for Employers Doing Business in New York

This past year the New York legislature and New York Department of Labor amended several employment laws implementing changes that are set to take effect at the end of 2015 or in early 2016. This update summarizes the new and...more

EEOC’S Lawsuit Against Costco to Proceed

Court Denies Warehouse Retailer's Attempts to Avoid Trial on Allegations Store Failed to Stop Customer from Stalking and Harassing Employee - CHICAGO - A federal district court judge ruled that the U.S. Equal Employment...more

Update on recent cyber prosecutions/stings

The feds keep chipping away at those thieves and hackers and we are pleased to showcase the recent results of their hard work. Computer Hacking and Sexual Extortion - On December 9, 2015, the U.S. Attorney’s Office...more

Out of Bounds: Title IX, Off-Campus Conduct, and Yeasin V. University of Kansas

The Kansas Court of Appeals’ decision in Yeasin v. University of Kansas, stands for the proposition that educational institutions must act with both precision and foresight when delineating their disciplinary authority. Of...more

Tis the Season for Good Party Planning

Holiday parties are a great way for employers to boost morale and bring employees together to celebrate the season and the past year’s accomplishments. However, if not properly planned, a holiday party may bring an...more

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