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Sexual Harassment 2018: It Is Your Business

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Sexual harassment in the workplace (at least in most workplaces) has been unlawful for more than 30 years. Companies are required to post information about federal and state law (where applicable) identifying sex...more

Could Congress Ban Arbitration Of Sex Discrimination And Harassment Claims?

by Fisher Phillips on

A bipartisan group of federal legislators has turned their attention to the sweeping revelations of sexual harassment in the American workplace by introducing a bill that would prevent employers from forcing claims of sex...more

Addressing Workplace Harassment in an Age of Heightened Awareness - Four Steps Employers Can Take Now

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The hashtag #MeToo started a long-overdue, nationwide conversation about sexual harassment. It is a source of strength for those who have suffered silently, and revelations about new high-profile harassment cases are emerging...more

How Well Do Your Anti-Harassment Tools Work Overseas?

by Littler on

The 2017 tsunami of high-profile sex harassment allegations against politicians, entertainers and news reporters has employers rethinking their approach to eradicating workplace harassment. And this issue is global—the news...more

Will The “Spirits” Of The Holiday Haunt You? (Not Just Your Obligatory “Holiday Party” Blog Post)

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Over the next few weeks, we’re going to weigh in on the growing national debate around the recent wave of sexual harassment allegations. To date, no one seems immune from the allegations: celebrities,...more

November 2017: The Top 14 Labor And Employment Law Stories

by Fisher Phillips on

It’s hard to keep up with all the recent changes to labor and employment law. While the law always seems to evolve at a rapid pace, there have been an unprecedented number of changes each month in 2017. November was no...more

Pennsylvania Federal Court Awards Damages in Sexual Orientation Harassment Case

In a first-of-its-kind decision in Pennsylvania, a federal district court awarded damages in a Title VII sexual harassment case based upon sexual orientation. In EEOC v. Scott Medical Health Center, the United States District...more

What Happened?!? Five Reasons Why Your Sexual Harassment Training Isn't Working

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

Each day brings news about yet another sexual harassment claim against a high-profile and powerful man. Just to name a few in the broadcasting industry: Bill O’Reilly, Charlie Rose, and now Matt Lauer. As women continue to...more

Sexual Harassment And What Employers Must Do To Comply

The latest headlines confirm the 2016 findings published by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that workplace harassment too often goes unreported. The EEOC reports that “approximately 70% of the individuals...more

#MeToo: Addressing allegations of sexual harassment in the workplace and shaping company culture

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

Sexual harassment claims are making headlines at an unprecedented rate, with new allegations being made nearly every day. Just this week, NBC News announced that it fired Matt Lauer, the face of the Today Show for over two...more

Don't Believe Everything You Read.

A boss who grabs an employee's breasts without her consent is indeed guilty of sexual harassment. Two law professors co-wrote an article that appeared in yesterday's New York Times with the headline, "Boss Grab Your...more

Revisiting Your Sexual Harassment Policy During the #MeToo Uprising

by Littler on

Unlawful sexual harassment, long a problem in the workplace, has become the most visible employment issue in corporate America. Victims of sexual harassment are emboldened to speak up, as they should. ...more

Matt Lauer Too? Unlike Cats, VIPs No Longer Have Nine Lives

by Carlton Fields on

Accusers of Harvey Weinstein were catalysts for an important national dialogue on sexual harassment. Weinstein’s company reportedly knew of his behavior and settled multiple harassment claims against the former mogul. By all...more

EEOC Scores Victory in Sexual Orientation Discrimination Lawsuit

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In recent years, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has increasingly focused its enforcement initiatives on prohibiting sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace. Now, the agency has a concrete...more

UPDATE: Pennsylvania Court Says Title VII Prohibits Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation

by McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC on

Last November, we explained the decision in the case of U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Scott Medical Health Center, P.C., from the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. There, the...more

WARNING: A Tsunami of Sexual Harassment Complaints Are on the Way

You can take this one to the bank. Complaints of sexual harassment will rise significantly as a result of the sexual abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein and related media coverage. ...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

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

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

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

Calling African-American 'Boy' and 'You People' Creates Hostile Work Environment

In a recent string of decisions, federal courts have concluded that use of racial epithets even on one occasion is sufficient to constitute a hostile work environment under Title VII. Thus, use of the N-word and other...more

The Higher They Are, The Harder You Fall

by Littler on

You don’t need to be a cable news network, a Hollywood production company, a media mogul or a politician in order to feel the ripple effect from the recent wave of workplace sexual harassment claims. While such harassment...more

Think before you joke, so you do not litigate funny

by FordHarrison on

Studies show that laughing boosts immunity, eases anxiety and stress, improves mood, decreases pain, and can even prevent heart disease. Socially, laughing strengthens relationships. In addition to the value of humor in our...more

Harvey Weinstein: beauty and the beastly mogul

by FordHarrison on

Over the last week, the fallout from a New York Times article regarding Harvey Weinstein has been swift and significant. On October 5, 2017, The Times published an explosive story about Hollywood producer and media mogul...more

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