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Taking Action: What Employers Need to Do Right Now About Sexual Harassment

by Reed Smith on

From Hollywood to Wall Street, a tidal wave of sexual harassment claims have flooded the headlines, and these 24/7 revelations are only gaining strength and speed. This endless stream of claims, dating back years and...more

NOW is the Time - Commit to a Sexual Harassment Free Workplace

by Nossaman LLP on

Unfortunately, 2017 will most likely be remembered as the Year of Sexual Harassment. Notwithstanding that AB 1825 mandated harassment prevention training in California in 2004, the statute was amended to require training on...more

Now Hear This: Preventing Sexual Harassment Claims

by Burr & Forman on

It seems that almost every day, another high-profile executive, politician or celebrity has now been accused of scandalous sexual harassment directed at subordinate employees. This topic not only increases news ratings, its...more

“#MeToo”: Fostering A Harassment-Free Workplace

In the last several weeks, allegations of rampant sexual harassment have shocked the collective conscience. With the assistance of social media, what started as an allegation against a Hollywood mogul snowballed into a...more

When the floodgates open, expect water at your doorstep

by FordHarrison on

About a month ago, my colleague Kristin Gray wrote about the breaking Harvey Weinstein scandal and best practices for employers to prevent harassment and discrimination from invading the workplace. And while I have no...more

Sexual Harassment In The Workplace: A Tale As Old As Time

by Cole Schotz on

While sexual and other unlawful harassment issues have been present in the workplace for decades, the current news cycle has made the term a household name. One cannot turn on the television, open a newspaper or surf the web...more

Staying Dry During the Flood of Sexual Harassment Claims – Steps Your Company Can Take to Create a Non-Discriminatory Work...

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

Since news broke of the allegations of sexual harassment against Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein, the dam has breached, and the news has been flooded with reports of sexual harassment allegations against other high...more

Me Too, But Now What? What Board Members Need to Know About Workplace Sexual Harassment

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Allegations of workplace sexual harassment and assault have recently made headlines from Silicon Valley to Hollywood and have brought down the careers of numerous high-profile executives. Partially a response to the uptick in...more

Dear Littler: Is an Employee's #MeToo Social Media Post a Harassment Complaint?

by Littler on

Dear Littler: I work in HR and have a very modern-day dilemma. An employee (Lauren) told me about a social media post by another employee (Jane). I don’t follow Jane on social media, but a few days ago she posted this...more

#Metoo? Sure, But Not All Sexual Harassment Is Alike, And Not All workplaces Are Like Hollywood.

According to a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll published this week, 48 percent of working women believed they had been victims of sexual harassment in the workplace. My reaction was, “Only 48 percent?” I would have...more

Why the Harvey Weinstein Scandal Should Scare the Pants Off Employers

Unless you have been living in a cave for the last month, you have heard about the sexual misconduct allegations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. The story has all of the makings of a Hollywood blockbuster, except...more

TITLE VII: Court Breaks from Department of Justice on Transgender Rights

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In the first case following the Department of Justice’s pronouncement that Title VII does not prohibit discrimination against transgender persons on the basis of gender identity, a court in the Western...more

Sexual Harassment: Don’t Be the Next Headline

A simple Google search of “sexual harassment in the news” reveals multiple headlines such as “New York opens sexual harassment probe of Weinstein Co.: source,” “Chef John Besh Steps Down Amid Sexual Harassment Scandal,” and...more

New Mandatory California Training on Gender Identity Harassment

On Oct. 15, 2017, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 396 into law, expanding the scope of mandatory sexual harassment training employers must provide to their supervisory employees. Currently, California’s Fair...more

Chicago Passes Ordinance Requiring Hotels to Provide “Panic Buttons” To Certain Employees

On October 11, 2017, the Chicago City Council passed the Hotel Workers Sexual Harassment Ordinance (the “Ordinance”), which requires Chicago hotels to develop anti-sexual harassment policies and provide employees who work...more

Harassment in the Workplace: Not a New Issue

Harvey Weinsten, Ben Afleck (bad move, Batman!), John Besh, Mark Halperin, former President George H.W. Bush: it seems like every day now there is another news story about allegations of harassment (or worse) in the...more

Employers’ Role in Changing “Me Too” to “Not Us”

by Baker Donelson on

The news has been fraught with allegations of sexual harassment by major players in the television and movie production industries, high tech and venture capital firms, and others. High value employees alleged to have engaged...more

Sexual Harassment Training and Posting Requirements Expanded

by Payne & Fears on

The California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) prohibits discrimination and harassment in the workplace. Under current law, employers with 50 or more employees must provide at least two hours of prescribed training and...more

Harvey Weinstein Case Brings Sexual Harassment Back to the Spotlight

by Cozen O'Connor on

The Harvey Weinstein case has brought a spotlight to a problem that has plagued not only Hollywood but other professions as well. While Corporate America has largely cleaned up its act and instituted robust anti-harassment...more

Tips For Drafting Employee Handbooks – Tip #2: The Importance of Equal Employment Opportunity and Harassment Policies

by Bryan Cave on

This article is part two in a six-part series. The purpose of this series is to provide tips and identify potential pitfalls associated with the drafting of an employee handbook....more

#MeToo and Workplace Harassment: A Letter to my Daughter

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

In October 2017, more than four dozen women stood up against workplace harassment by a man of power in the entertainment industry. Then, the #MeToo Movement was born where people of all races, ages, backgrounds, and...more

Sexual Harassment in the 21st Century

by Clark Hill PLC on

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, there has been a social media "Me Too" movement where women have been asked to post "Me Too" if they have ever experienced sexual harassment or intimidation in the workplace. The...more

California Updates Its Harassment Prevention Training Requirement (SB 396)

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

What a year it has been for harassment claims. The biggest year in the 22 years I have been practicing law. It seems that every day there is a big new headline, and someone else powerful losing their job over harassment...more

With Governor Brown’s Signature, California Employers Face a Gauntlet of New Laws

by Littler on

The October 15, 2017 deadline has come and gone for Governor Jerry Brown to weigh the bills passed by the California legislature this year. Governor Brown has now signed into law a jaw-dropping number of bills that pertain to...more

City Council Passes “Hands Off, Pants On” and Automated External Defibrillator Ordinances for Chicago Hotels

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

On October 11, 2017, the Chicago City Council passed the so-called "Hands Off, Pants On" Ordinance requiring Chicago hotel employers to provide all housekeepers and restroom workers who work alone with mobile notification...more

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