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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

Afraid You May Be A Sexual Harasser? Some Helpful Dos And Don'ts

So, you don't want to be a sexual harasser at work? Good for you! Follow these dos and don'ts, and you should be in great shape. An article in last Friday's New York Times indicated that in light of the ever-growing number...more

Chris Lazarini Provides Insight on Broker's Employment Retaliation Claims

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini provided insight on a case in which a former commodities broker claimed her former employers retaliated against her for filing a civil rights complaint by causing her new employer to...more

Tis the Season: The EEOC’s Year-End Reports Are Out Today

The EEOC’s fiscal year just ended and now it is releasing news of its successes. Although this is a look back, it gives us all insight as to what is important to the Commission and, perhaps, how we can stay off its radar....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

Harvey Weinstein and Sexual Harassment Law: “Me Too”

The reports of women who went on the record to accuse Hollywood businessman Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and other abuses, evoked the following recent Twitter message by Alyssa Milano: “If you’ve...more

The future of work: pioneering health and safety professionals

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Addressing issues including mental wellbeing and workplace responses to domestic violence and sexual misconduct require multidisciplinary approaches. ...more

No Regrets: 10 Tips to Avoid Holiday Party Liability

’Tis the season for company holiday parties: co-workers of diverse backgrounds and religious beliefs interact in a social setting while partaking of spiked libations under the mistletoe. What could possibly go wrong?...more

Three Tips for Addressing Harassment and Discrimination in Law Firms

by Dentons on

As the national headlines in recent weeks make clear, no industry is free from allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination. In the legal field, a number of recent high-profile lawsuits have alleged discrimination by...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

I Wonder How Many Other Hollywood Personalities Wish that they had Promised their Boss a Missouri Whooping?

by Fisher Phillips on

I am not encouraging workplace violence, even for individuals who may deserve a good old fashioned whooping. However, it is worth noting that one of the few Hollywood celebrities to have largely survived the onslaught of...more

You’ve Concluded Something “Inappropriate” Occurred in the Workplace. What’s Next?

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

The supervisor did it. Yep, you’ve concluded that he sent unwanted texts to his subordinate telling her she looked “beautiful.” Maybe even stopped by her hotel room unannounced one night at a conference for a “nightcap”....more

Plan Now for a Safe and Happy Holiday Party

by Smith Anderson on

It’s holiday party time! The company holiday party can boost employee morale and celebrate the company’s successes in the past year, but a holiday party may also create a few legal pitfalls for the unwary employer....more

High-Profile Sexual Harassment Claims Show a Toxic Culture Can be a Product Defect

by NAVEX Global on

The rapid demise of the Weinstein Co., once one of the most successful movie studios in Hollywood, should have every CEO wondering: What skeletons does my organization have in the closet? And how could they destroy the value...more

What If.... Harassment, “Me Too” and the Media.

by Fisher Phillips on

We encourage larger companies to establish a committee to meet every six to twelve months to engage in “What-if” risk planning. If we have learned anything this year, it’s that businesses face more unexpected risk than ever...more

National Origin Discrimination: California to up the Ante

by LeClairRyan on

Remember the travel ban? The Wall? Ramped up deportations? California is moving to counter and guard against potential negative employment consequences for foreign-born workers and more. The California Department of Fair...more

Workplace romances: Do they ‘Suit’ your company?

by FordHarrison on

Workplace romances, especially between persons at different levels in a company, can lead to HR nightmares. Notably, some polls reflect that more than 80% of employees have been involved in, or know about co-workers who have...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

Don’t Make a Habit of it, but Sometimes, Ignorance IS Bliss

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

As a general rule, of course, Human Resources Departments and company management want to be – and should be – well-informed about issues in the workplace, including employees unhappy enough to have raised claims of...more

Is Harvey in Your Hospital? How Healthcare Organizations Can Avoid Harassment Scandals

Print, air waves, and social media have all been filled with stories of women accusing Harvey Weinstein of grossly inappropriate (if not, criminal) behavior over a long period of time. There is much discussion of who knew...more

Lessons from the Harvey Weinstein Scandal

by Barley Snyder on

The allegations of outrageous conduct against Harvey Weinstein have dominated the news for more than two weeks. If the allegations are true, Weinstein represents the quintessential “superstar” harasser—the high earning,...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

Court finds employee's IIED claim against Columbia employer hopeless

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

Attorneys who represent employees beginning to explore the use of nontraditional causes of action against employers. Courts and employers are seeing more defamation, conspiracy, and intentional infliction of emotional...more

This Week in FCPA-Episode 74

by Thomas Fox on

Jay and I return for a wide-ranging discussion on some of the top compliance and ethics related stories, including:   1. Hui Chen details the failings of ISO 37001 on her blog, Hui Chen Ethics. Kristy Grant-Hart responds in...more

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