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Indi’s Fast Food Restaurant to Pay $340,000 To Settle EEOC Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

Female Employees Subjected to Egregious Sexual Harassment, Federal Agency Charged - INDIANAPOLIS -- Louisville, Ky.-based restaurant chain Indi's Fast Food Restaurant, Inc. (Indi's) will pay $340,000 to 15 former female...more

GEO Group to Pay $550,000 To Settle EEOC Sexual Harassment and Retaliation Lawsuit

Class of Female Staffers Abused at Private Correctional Facilities, Federal and State Agencies Charged - PHOENIX - The GEO Group, Inc., operator of the Central Arizona Correctional Facility (CACF) and Arizona State...more

Lawmakers Take Aim: Will #MeToo Curb Nondisclosure or Arbitration Agreements?

by Littler on

In 2017, the #MeToo movement highlighted the prevalence of sexual harassment in the workplace, toppling prominent figures in numerous fields. Sexual harassment has been unlawful for decades, of course, yet this vexing problem...more

Best in Law: Four Steps Employers Can Take to Avoid a #MeToo Situation - BB&K Attorneys Joseph Ortiz and Tristan Kirk Write for...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

With revelations about high-profile sexual harassment cases are emerging weekly in the wake of the #MeToo movement, a long-overdue conversation about harassment has begun. Workplace harassment is a current and serious problem...more

Los Angeles Jury Awards $17.4 Million to Sanitation Bureau Employee

Continuing an alarming recent pattern of multi-million dollar jury awards, a Los Angeles jury panel recently awarded $17.4 million to a former employee of the Bureau of Sanitation. The employee claimed he had been retaliated...more

Bojangles’ To Pay $15,000 To Settle EEOC Sexual Harassment and Retaliation Lawsuit

Transgender Employee Subjected to Gender Identity Harassment Then Fired for Reporting, Federal Agency Charged - RALEIGH, N.C. - Bojangles' Restaurants Inc., a North Carolina corporation operating a chain of fast food...more

Rocky Mountain Casing Crews to Pay $70,000 For Sexual Harassment

North Dakota Company Subjected Male Employee to Hostile Work Environment Because of His Sex and Sexual Orientation, Federal Agency Charged - MINNEAPOLIS - Rocky Mountain Casing Crews (RMCC), a Wyoming company that...more

5 Steps to Prepare Your Company for Workplace Harassment Complaints

The issue of sexual harassment has captured nationwide headlines as women and men have come forward to report sexual harassment by high profile public figures. Media attention to these events may lead to an increase in the...more

Common Mistakes Employers Make in Handling Complaints of Sexual Harassment

Other parts of this series have covered the proper affirmative steps to take to prepare for, investigate and respond to charges of sexual harassment. It is equally important to address the opposite set of concerns. What is it...more

Insights From The Trenches: Proven Strategies To Combat Harassment In 2018 From Seyfarth Shaw At Work (SSAW)

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In the last in a three-part series addressing sexual harassment in the workplace, we asked Philippe Weiss, Esq., Managing Director of Seyfarth Shaw at Work, to share insights from the front lines, that can...more

7 Tips for Conducting Sexual Harassment Investigations in the Workplace

The drumbeat of press reports about sexual harassment in the workplace over the last few months has increased awareness among employees that workplace harassment is illegal and actionable, leading employers to brace for an...more

When should a business consider terminating an employee accused of sexual harassment?

Repeated reports of sexual misconduct by high-profile men have put sexual harassment issues in the public eye. New allegations seem to be surfacing daily. Some of the accused have admitted to their conduct, some have admitted...more

Resolutions for a Harassment Free New Year

by LeClairRyan on

The year 2017 marked a seismic shift in the way the nation views sexual harassment. Time Magazine named “the silence breakers” as its Persons of the Year. The words “me too” went from a simple phrase, to a hashtag, to a...more

Does your corporate culture support discrimination and harassment?

The recent flood of high profile sexual assault and harassment allegations sweeping the globe highlights the need for a fundamental change in corporate culture, as well as the importance of training all employees on sexual...more

Tips For Addressing And Investigating Sexual Harassment Allegations In The Workplace In Light Of The #MeToo Movement

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Q. There is a lot of conversation in the national media about the #MeToo movement. How do I ensure that my employees are treating each other properly? ...more

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

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

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

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

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