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It May Be A New World For Sexual Harassment, But Many Old Rules Still Apply

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

In the weeks since allegations began to surface regarding the sexually predatory behavior of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, sexual harassment allegations (sometimes admitted and sometimes disputed) against powerful, prominent...more

Preventing #MeToo in the Workplace: How Employers Talk the Talk And Walk the Walk

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Gone are the days where sexual harassment training will be enough. It’s time to shift the workplace focus from just ticking a box (i.e., training complete) to creating a culture where harassment (or...more

Zero Tolerance for Sexual Harassment — Winds of Needed Change

In recent months, allegations against powerful men such as Harvey Weinstein have sparked a much-needed cultural awakening concerning sexual harassment and sexual misconduct. For too long, powerful men have used their...more

EEOC Sues Aaron’s For Race Harassment

Managers at Warehouse Used Racist Slurs and Assigned Them the Most Difficult Work, Federal Agency Charges - NEW YORK - Aarons, Inc., a nationwide chain of rent-to-own stores, violated federal law when supervisors engaged...more

10 Things an Employer Needs to Know About Limiting Liability for Harassment in the Work Place

by Williams Mullen on

Have a clear, updated and effective policy prohibiting harassment based on all protected characteristics. This is a minimum requirement for avoiding liability for hostile work environment claims pertaining to...more

What now? 5 steps to take if your probe doesn’t corroborate harassment allegations

by FordHarrison on

The avalanche of complaints emboldened by the #metoo movement shows no sign of relenting, and many caught in its cross-hairs have been unceremoniously fired or forced to resign based on allegations of harassment. Of course,...more

The Basics of Sexual Harassment Prevention Training and Posting

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

In yesterday’s post, I talked about the basics of what is and is not “sexual harassment”. Continuing the theme of going back to the basics, employers in the Constitution State have certain posting and training requirements...more

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

What IS (and is NOT) Sexual Harassment (Legally Speaking)

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

With all the focus on sexual harassment in the news lately, one thing missing from most of the coverage is an actual explanation of what is (and is not) “sexual harassment”. At least according to the law....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

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

#MeToo

by Dentons on

Since the publication of the damning New York Times article in which allegations of sexual harassment were made against film mogul Harvey Weinstein, more than 30,000 women have joined the “#MeToo” campaign. Originally started...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

Trans Ocean Seafoods To Pay $75,000 To Settle EEOC Sexual Harassment Suit

Mixtec Clam Diggers Faced Explicit Sexual Harassment, Federal Agency Charged - SEATTLE - Northwestern Washington-based Trans Ocean Seafoods, Inc., doing business as New England Shellfish, will pay $75,000 to three female...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

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

The Importance of Adopting Effective Policies and Procedures for Handling Harassment in the Workplace

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

The news has been filled lately with reports of harassment allegations against all sorts of famous people. From politicians to movie stars, many public figures are finding themselves embroiled in legal battles based on their...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

Illinois General Assembly Takes Steps to Address Sexual Harassment in Government

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

In the past several months, it often seems like the news brings daily revelations of a new individual in a position of power committing sexual harassment, or even sexual assault, against employees. Springfield is no stranger...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

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