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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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Mandatory Sexual Harassment Training in the #MeToo Era: Will Your State Require It?

March 6, 2019 - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EST

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Best Practices for Nonprofits in the #MeToo Era: Investigations and Policies

November 8, 2018 - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EST

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Understanding California's New Mandatory Sexual Harassment Training Requirements and Other Anti-Harassment Provisions

October 17, 2018 - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM PST

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May 15, 2019

EPLI Trends, Sexual Harassment Claims, and Planning for 2019

May 15, 2019

As workplace laws continue to evolve, the potential risk exposure is increasing. Jackson Lewis prepared this trends overview to help assess the current workplace law landscape in the #MeToo era and the wave of agency charges, latest claims, and new laws.  Highlights include: Pay Equity Lawsuits: The Next Wave of Litigation... Read More

March 20, 2019

New Jersey Prohibits Enforcement of Non-Disclosure Provisions in Settlement Agreements, Other Contracts

March 20, 2019

A sweeping amendment to the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD) bars enforcement of non-disclosure provisions in settlement agreements and employment contracts, and prohibits the waiver of substantive and procedural rights under the statute. The amendment applies to all contracts and agreements entered into, renewed, modified, or... Read More

February 21, 2019

Illinois Bill Introduced to Require Sexual Harassment Training for All Restaurant Employees

February 21, 2019

Illinois has joined the growing number of states proposing mandatory sexual harassment training with a bill that requires training for restaurant employees. If the Restaurant Anti-Harassment Act is enacted, restaurants must provide sexual harassment prevention training to all employees in Illinois. In the wake of the #MeToo movement... Read More

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April 29, 2019
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Michelle Phillips Comments on Implications of a Former Police Officer's Sex Bias Trial Win

April 29, 2019

Michelle Phillips comments on the implications of Tinsley v. City of Charlotte where a police officer was fired after a female coworker accused him of rape in "Charlotte Must Pay Male Officer Additional $1.7M for Sex Bias," published by Bloomberg Law. Subscription may be required to view article   Read More

April 4, 2019
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Michelle Phillips Comments on the Uptick of Workplace Harassment Reports in the #MeToo Era

April 4, 2019

Michelle Phillips comments on the increase of workplace harassment claims since the #MeToo movement spiked in late 2017 in "Internal Workplace Harassment Claims Surge Amid #MeToo," published by Law360.  Subscription may be required to view article Read More

March 15, 2019
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Gail Golman Holtzman Discusses the Board’s Role in Shaping Corporate Culture

March 15, 2019

Gail Golman Holtzman discusses hot topics affecting the workforce from the #MeToo movement to the gender pay gap in "The Craft of Governance with Keith Meyer," published by Allegis Partners. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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Sexual Harassment Policies and Employee Handbooks in the Time of #MeToo

Yvonne Norris Maddalena discusses sexual harassment policy tips for employee handbooks in the time of #MeToo.

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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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