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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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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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Sep 27

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New York’s New Sexual Harassment Prevention Policy and Training Requirements – Are You Ready?

September 27, 2018 - 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM EST
Credits: CLE - Pending, HRCI - Pending, SHRM - Pending
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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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September 12, 2018

Maryland Employers, Are You Ready? New Sexual Harassment Law Takes Effect October 1

September 12, 2018

Maryland’s “Disclosing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Act of 2018” takes effect on October 1, 2018. The Act prohibits certain waivers related to an employee’s future sexual harassment claims and future retaliation claims for making a sexual harassment claim. It also requires employers with at least 50 employees to complete a survey... Read More

September 5, 2018

Reminder: New York City Employers Must Distribute Fact Sheet, Post Notice on Sexual Harassment Law by Sept. 6

September 5, 2018

Beginning September 6, 2018, all New York City employers must distribute the New York City Commission on Human Rights’ mandatory fact sheet on the “Stop Sexual Harassment in NYC Act” to all new hires. Employers also may wish to distribute the fact sheet to existing employees, even though that is not expressly required by the law or by... Read More

September 4, 2018

New Delaware Anti-Sexual Harassment Law Includes Notice Distribution, Training Requirements

September 4, 2018

A new Delaware law specifically addresses the prohibition against sexual harassment under the Delaware Discrimination in Employment Act (DDEA), sets an affirmative defense for employers, imposes mandatory notice distribution on employers with at least four employees within the state, and provides anti-sexual harassment training... Read More

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September 18, 2018
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Larry Seegull and Jill Distler Author "Maryland’s Sexual-Harassment Disclosure Law Takes Effect Soon"

September 18, 2018

 Larry Seegull and Jill Distler author "Maryland’s Sexual-Harassment Disclosure Law Takes Effect Soon," published by SHRM. Subscriptions may be required to view article Read More

September 11, 2018
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Michelle Phillips Discusses the Importance of Employer Leverage in Severance Agreements

September 11, 2018

Michelle Phillips comments on the need for companies to have leverage to limit severance payouts due to wrongdoing or unlawful behavior in "3 Takeaways After #MeToo Fells CBS Chief Moonves," published by Law 360. Subscription may be required to view article   Read More

August 30, 2018
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Michelle Phillips Comments on New York's Sexual Harassment Guidance for Employers

August 30, 2018

Michelle Phillips comments on New York's recently proposed standards for sexual harassment prevention policies and training for employers in "NY Sex Harass Guidance May Put Employers In Time Crunch," published by Law360. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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Sep 25

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Best Practices for Conducting Internal Investigations

Tanya Bovée and David Jimenez discuss best practices for conducting effective internal investigations.  

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