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Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment claims are grabbing headlines at a pace and intensity like never before. No company is immune from potential exposure. All employers—regardless of industry, size or geography—must be prepared for this next phase of the “speak out evolution.”

Overview

The U.S. Supreme Court first recognized workplace sexual harassment as a form of unlawful sex discrimination in Meritor Savings Bank v. Vinson in 1986. In the more than 30 years after that landmark decision, the law prohibiting sexual harassment has not changed drastically—nor has the underlying conduct that constitutes sex harassment.   What has changed dramatically is the number of those who speak out and the attention they are able to draw.

With today’s heightened awareness and focus on workplace harassment, employers must evaluate their practices to ensure they are consistently maintaining and implementing preventive and remedial measures, including examining their training strategies and ensuring they are providing regular education to supervisors and employees.

Jackson Lewis attorneys have focused on the importance of prevention since our firm was founded in 1958, and have trained thousands of employees on anti-harassment, anti-discrimination, and anti-retaliation principles. We encourage you to contact us with any questions about the potential impact of sexual harassment claims on your workplace.

 

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Dec 19

Albany, NY
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Albany Workplace Harassment Prevention Seminar

December 19, 2017 - 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM EST
Hyland Library Room - Albany, NY
Credits: CLE - Pending, HRCI - Pending, SHRM - Pending
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Jan 10

Hartford, CT
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Connecticut Sexual and Other Harassment Education and Training in the Workplace

January 10, 2018 - 8:15 AM to 10:30 AM EST
90 State House Square - Hartford, CT
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Mar 14toMar 16

Miami, FL
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2018 Corporate Counsel Conference

March 14, 2018 - 6:00 PM to March 16, 2018 - 1:00 PM
500 Brickell Key Drive - Miami, FL
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Bolstering Your Preventive Practices to Meet the New Wave of Harassment Claims

December 14, 2017 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST

Credits: Continuing education credit was offered for the live broadcast of this seminar.
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Sexual Harassment Claims in Media and Entertainment: High Level Strategies on How to Prevent, Protect and Recover Your Reputation

November 15, 2017 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EST

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December 6, 2017

Bill Would Revise New Jersey Law Against Discrimination to Limit Employment Agreements

December 6, 2017

A bill in the New Jersey State Senate would effectively prohibit jury waivers, arbitration clauses, and non-disclosure provisions related to claims under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, N.J.S.A. § 10:5-1, et seq. (LAD). S-3581, introduced in the Senate on December 4, 2017, declares, in no uncertain terms, that provisions in... Read More

November 10, 2017

The Speak Out Evolution from Ms. Magazine to #MeToo: The Time Is Now for Employers to Re-Examine Their Practices

November 10, 2017

In a November 5, 2017 article, The New York Times harkened back to the 1977 Ms. magazine cover depicting sexual harassment on its cover. The point was to illustrate the fact that the 1977 Ms. cover is just as relevant today as it was then. In 1986, more than 20 years after the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the U.S. ... Read More

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December 14, 2017
Westchester County Business Journal

Joseph Saccomano Comments on Bill Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Harassment Act

December 14, 2017

Joseph Saccomano comments on Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Harassment Act of 2017, a bill that would eliminate forced arbitration clauses in employment agreements for sexual harassment and gender discrimination cases in "Sexual harassment at work: Litigate or arbitrate?" published by Westchester County Business Journal.... Read More

December 4, 2017
Deadline Hollywood

Talya Friedman and Joel Kelly Discuss How to Prevent Sexual Harassment in Production

December 4, 2017

Talya Friedman and Joel Kelly discuss how effective, well-communicated policies are the best way to prevent sexual harassment in Hollywood in "HRTS Panelists Say Policy And Vigilance Are Needed To Help Prevent Sexual Harassment in Production," published by Deadline Hollywood.  Subscription may be required to view article Read More

December 4, 2017
Variety

Talya Friedman and Joel Kelly Discuss Implications of the Recent Sexual Harassment Allegations in Hollywood

December 4, 2017

Talya Friedman and Joel Kelly discuss implications of recent sexual harassment allegations and the firings of abusers in Hollywood in "How Hollywood Can Do Better in Dealing with Sexual Harassment," published by Variety. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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