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How to Maneuver Through #MeToo and Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Sexual harassment has become more highly scrutinized in recent months and with the #MeToo movement, we expect this issue to be more prevalent going forward. Below we have outlined some best practices to help companies put...more

Another Employer Deduction Bites the Dust

by FordHarrison on

You have probably heard about the many tax deductions that you are losing (or have lost) as a result of the new tax law (known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, or TCJA). But, if you are an employer, one that you may not have...more

The Dialogue: The Shifts That #MeToo Are Creating in the Workplace

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

After a break for the holidays, my long-running discussion with Nina Pirrotti, an employee-side attorney, returns. Nina is a partner at the law firm of Garrison, Levin-Epstein, Fitzgerald and Pirrotti, where she represents...more

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

New Tax Law Changes How Employers Claim Sexual Harassment Settlements

by Varnum LLP on

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the "Act") was signed into law on December 22 by President Trump. The Act contains a provision that will change how employers are taxed, when settlement is reached in sexual harassment and...more

Sexual Harassment Lawsuits Just Got Tougher to Settle

by Cozen O'Connor on

Just like the infamous line that Congress had to pass the Affordable Care Act to know what was in it, it seems we had to pass the new tax law to find out all of the hidden surprises. One item that received little publicity...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

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

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

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