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“#MeToo”: Fostering A Harassment-Free Workplace

In the last several weeks, allegations of rampant sexual harassment have shocked the collective conscience. With the assistance of social media, what started as an allegation against a Hollywood mogul snowballed into a...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

Protecting Your Company Against the Perils of Office Parties

by Snell & Wilmer on

Whether you’re ready or not, it’s almost time to deck the halls and pull out the punch bowl for your office holiday party. But before you start dusting off your religiously neutral décor, make sure you take steps to limit the...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

If Sexual Harassment Prevention Training is Broken, What's the Fix?

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

With a new wave of sex harassment complaints making headlines, there is also a bit of reflection that should happen at workplaces and the lawfirms that counsel them. One area that we can evaluate is whether the training...more

Following the Weinstein Allegations, Improving Workplace Culture

by Bryan Cave on

The wave of sexual harassment allegations against high profile media moguls such as Harvey Weinstein, Bill O’Reilly, and Mark Halperin has put sexual harassment issues in the public spotlight. All employers, even those not in...more

EEOC Sues Anchor Staffing For Sexual Harassment and Retaliation

After Employee Complained About Sex Harassment, Staffing Company Ended Her Assignment and Denied Her Future Assignments, Federal Agency Charges - CHICAGO - Anchor Staffing, a Chicago-based staffing agency, violated an...more

Why the Harvey Weinstein Scandal Should Scare the Pants Off Employers

Unless you have been living in a cave for the last month, you have heard about the sexual misconduct allegations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. The story has all of the makings of a Hollywood blockbuster, except...more

Sexual Harassment: Don’t Be the Next Headline

A simple Google search of “sexual harassment in the news” reveals multiple headlines such as “New York opens sexual harassment probe of Weinstein Co.: source,” “Chef John Besh Steps Down Amid Sexual Harassment Scandal,” and...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

Episode 25: EEOC Commissioner Chai Feldblum Part II: Other Emerging EEOC Trends + Takeaways

by Akerman LLP on

Matt Steinberg welcomes EEOC Commissioner Chai Feldblum for the second half of their wide-ranging conversation where Matt and Commissioner Feldblum discuss federal protection of employment-related LGBT rights, how the DOJ’s...more

Episode 24: EEOC Commissioner Chai Feldblum Part I: Employers' "Superstar Harassment" Problem

by Akerman LLP on

Amidst seemingly endless sexual harassment headlines, Matt Steinberg welcomes EEOC Commissioner, Chai Feldblum, to discuss the "Superstar Harasser" epidemic. The discussion will explore what companies can do to prevent and...more

Employers’ Role in Changing “Me Too” to “Not Us”

by Baker Donelson on

The news has been fraught with allegations of sexual harassment by major players in the television and movie production industries, high tech and venture capital firms, and others. High value employees alleged to have engaged...more

What #metoo Means for Employers: Workplace Harassment in the Age of Awareness

This past Sunday, actress Alyssa Milano posted the following message on Twitter: Me too. Suggested by a friend: “If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote ‘Me too.’ ...more

Sexual Harassment in the 21st Century

by Clark Hill PLC on

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, there has been a social media "Me Too" movement where women have been asked to post "Me Too" if they have ever experienced sexual harassment or intimidation in the workplace. The...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

Cam Newton’s Slip of the Tongue Is a Timely Lesson on Discrimination in the Workplace

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Carolina Panthers Quarterback Cam Newton got a swift lesson in workplace civility recently, and we can all learn from the experience. When sportswriter Jourdan Rodrigue asked Newton a question about the routes, or patterns,...more

Clougherty Packing Settles EEOC Sexual Harassment Suit for $100,000

Meat Packing Company Subjected Female Employees to Unwanted Touching and Comments, Federal Agency Charges - LOS ANGELES - Clougherty Packing, LLC, dba Farmer John, a Los Angeles-based meat processing company, will pay...more

Employment Law Commentary, September 2017 - Volume 29, Issue 9: Workplace Bias And Gender Pay Equity In Silicon Valley 2017

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

It was only a couple of years ago, on March 27, 2015, that a jury rejected Ellen Pao’s gender discrimination claims and rendered a defense verdict in favor of her former employer, a prominent Silicon Valley venture capital...more

EEOC Sues Bluefield, Va. Restaurant for Sex Harassment and Retaliation

Manager Groped and Propositioned Teenaged Hostess; Then Restaurant Reduced Her Hours After She Complained, Federal Agency Charges - ABINGDON, Va. - A Bluefield, Va., restaurant violated federal law by subjecting a female...more

EEOC Sues ACF And BJ’s For Sex Harassment, Retaliation

Seafood Processor and Staffing Firm Maintained Hostile Work Environment Based on Sex, Federal Agency Charges - BOSTON - Atlantic Capes Fisheries, Inc. (ACF) and BJ's Service Company, Inc. violated federal law by...more

EEOC Ordered To Pay $1.9 Million For Frivolous Claims Against Trucking Company

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In the latest chapter of the ongoing legal battle between the EEOC and delivery company CRST Van Expedited regarding the agency’s sexual harassment claims, a federal district court ordered the EEOC to pay...more

EEOC Sues IHOP Chain for Sexual Harassment and Retaliation

Chain of Franchises Subjected Employees to Sexual Harassment and Retaliation, Federal Agency Charges - LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Several franchisees of the popular IHOP restaurant chain in Nevada and New York violated federal law...more

EEOC Sues Rosebud Restaurants for Sexual Harassment and Retaliation

Server Was Sexually Harassed and Fired After Complaining About Harassment and Racial Slurs Against African-Americans, Federal Agency Alleges - CHICAGO - Chicago company Rosebud Restaurants violated federal civil rights...more

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