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Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment claims continue to grab 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 to address claims of harassment in an effective and meaningful way, as the “speak out evolution” continues to reshape the workplace as we know it.

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. They must also audit their internal investigation protocol to ensure it is prompt, impartial, and thorough so that both the employees, and the company, are protected.

Jackson Lewis attorneys have focused on the importance of prevention since our firm was founded in 1958, and have advised thousands of employers on anti-harassment principles, as well as effective investigative techniques, in the unfortunate event a claim is raised. We encourage you to contact us with any questions about the potential impact of sexual harassment claims on your workplace.

 

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ASHHRA 54th Annual Conference & Exposition: Surviving a Sexual Harassment Crisis and Creating a Stronger Culture in Its Wake

September 15, 2018 - 7:00 AM to September 18, 2018 - 12:00 PM EST
1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd - Pittsburgh, PA
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Oct 10

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

October 10, 2018 - 8:15 AM to 10:30 AM EST
90 State House Square - Hartford, CT
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Changing Workplace Culture in the #MeToo Era: A Webinar for Construction Employers

June 6, 2018 - 2:00 PM to 2:30 PM EST
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Beyond Weinstein: A Primer on US/UK Laws Governing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace (For US-based HR Professionals)

May 24, 2018 - 12:30 PM to 1:00 PM EST

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Beyond Weinstein: A Primer on US/UK Laws Governing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace (For UK-based HR Professionals)

May 16, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 9:30 AM EST

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June 27, 2018

Vermont Passes Law Aimed at Sexual Harassment Prevention

June 27, 2018

Vermont’s “An act relating to the prevention of sexual harassment” makes numerous changes to state law related to sexual harassment. The act provides expansive protections for both current and prospective employees and creates new restrictions and obligations for employers. The changes go into effect on July 1, 2018. The new... Read More

June 8, 2018

New Jersey Closer to Bar on Jury Waivers, Arbitration Agreements, Secrecy of Harassment Settlements

June 8, 2018

The New Jersey Senate has passed a bill that would prohibit jury waivers and agreements that conceal the details of discrimination claims under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, N.J.S.A. § 10:5-1, et seq. (LAD). The bill, which passed by a vote of 34-1, also would call into question the enforceability of agreements to arbitrate... Read More

May 9, 2018

New York City Enacts Anti-Sexual Harassment Legislation that Includes Training Requirement

May 9, 2018

Mandatory annual sexual harassment training for employees in New York City is one feature of a package of legislation targeting sexual harassment in the workplace signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio on May 9, 2018. Most private employers in New York City will be required to conduct annual sexual harassment training for employees beginning... Read More

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June 28, 2018
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Michelle Phillips and Collin O’Connor Udell Discuss Implications of Title VII Cases at Supreme Court with Kennedy Retirement

June 28, 2018

Michelle Phillips and Collin O’Connor Udell discuss implications of Justice Kennedy’s absence and its impact on Title VII cases involving sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination in "Post-Kennedy Court Likely To Take Narrow View Of Title VII," published by Law360. Subscription may be required to view... Read More

June 21, 2018
Bloomberg BNA

Monica Khetarpal Discusses the #MeToo Legal Shift into Academia and Medicine

June 21, 2018

Monica Khetarpal discusses the impact of the #MeToo movement in academia and medicine in "The Sciences Grapple With #MeToo Revelations, Recommendations," published by Bloomberg BNA. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

June 13, 2018
Greenville Journal

Stephanie Lewis Authors "Five Steps to Prevent Workplace Harassment"

June 13, 2018

Stephanie Lewis authors "Five Steps to Prevent Workplace Harassment," published by Greenville Journal. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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