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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

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

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

WEB EXCLUSIVE: EEOC Trial Tactics Lead To Massive Sanctions Award

by Fisher Phillips on

After more than ten years of protracted litigation brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), including a stop at the U.S. Supreme Court, an Iowa federal district court recently upheld an award of nearly...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

Think Sexual Harassment Just Happens in Hollywood? Think Again.

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Harvey Weinstein. Bill O’Reilly. Kevin Spacey. The rapid pace of sexual harassment allegations against high-profile figures in recent weeks could make an observer think that sexual harassment is an issue confined to the...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

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

U.S. Department of Education Faces Lawsuit Challenging Recent Guidance Concerning Campus Sexual Misconduct

by FordHarrison on

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) and its corresponding regulations prohibit sex discrimination in education programs or activities conducted by educational institutions that receive federal financial...more

Trick or Treat? Employee Claims Discrimination After Attending Office Halloween Party

Before you send out that next office-wide invite to a “holiday” party, think twice. Carmelite Lofton has sued her employer, BSN Sports, LLC—a Texas uniform and equipment retailer—when things turned sour after she was forced...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

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

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Tesla’s hoping that a manufacturing plant in China—the first in the country wholly owned by a foreign manufacturing company—will translate into big sales in the Chinese market. With the Chinese government loath to give up the...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

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

Businesses That Fail to Protect Employees Face Legal Peril

by McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC on

It never fails – I tell someone that I am an employment law attorney and they ask “like discrimination and sexual harassment?” I say yes, and they respond, “but sexual harassment isn’t really a thing anymore, is it?”...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

Sixth Circuit Holds Employer Not Vicariously Liable For Actions Of Alleged Supervisor In Title VII Same-Sex Sexual Harassment...

by FordHarrison on

Recently, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Hylko v. U.S. Steel Corporation affirmed the district court’s grant of summary judgment to the employer in a lawsuit alleging same-sex sexual harassment...more

A New Era of Big Sexual Harassment Claims is Upon Us

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Back in the 1990s, employers still had the Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas hearings and the tawdry sexual harassment allegations relatively fresh on their minds. Employment lawyers will tell you that they started to see a bump up...more

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