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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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May 31

Albuquerque, NM
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2018 New Mexico Labor & Employment Law Conference

May 31, 2018 - 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM
30 Rainbow Road NE - Albuquerque, NM
Credits: CLE - 3.5 (pending), HRCI - 3.5 (pending), SHRM - 3.5 (pending)
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West Harrison, NY
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June 8, 2018 - 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM EST
80 West Red Oak Lane - West Harrison, NY
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Hartford, CT
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Connecticut Sexual and Other Harassment Education and Training in the Workplace

July 18, 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

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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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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

May 1, 2018

Class Action Trends Report Spring 2018

May 1, 2018

Our quarterly report discusses new developments in class action litigation and offers strategic guidance and tactical tips on how to defend such claims. This issue covers the following topics: Computer-age class action traps #MeToo: A viral movement, a wave of claims The ADA applies in cyberspace, too Online job assessments... Read More

April 11, 2018

New York City Council Passes Legislative Package Aimed at Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

April 11, 2018

The New York City Council passed a package of legislation on April 11, 2018, that will strengthen the City’s laws against harassment in the workplace. Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to sign the legislation into law in the coming weeks. Most private employers in New York City will be required to conduct mandatory annual sexual... Read More

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May 24, 2018
Bloomberg BNA

Michelle Phillips Comments on the US Supreme Court's Arbitration Ruling and Its Impact on the #MeToo and #TimesUp Movements

May 24, 2018

Michelle Phillips comments on implications of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis stating employers can force workers to use individual arbitration instead of class-action lawsuits to press legal claims in "Time Isn’t Up on #TimesUp After Supreme Court Class Action Ruling," published by Bloomberg BNA.... Read More

May 17, 2018
Fox 13 News

Gail Golman Holtzman Discusses Workplace Romance in the #MeToo Era

May 17, 2018

Gail Golman Holtzman appeared on Fox 13 News to discuss the need for transparency in office romances in "Office romances in the 'Me Too' era." Subscription may be required to view clip Read More

April 17, 2018
Business NH Magazine

Debra Weiss Ford Discusses Implications of Non-Disclosure Agreements in Harassment Settlements

April 17, 2018

Debra Weiss Ford discusses implications of employers issuing non-disclosure agreements as a common practice in harassment settlements in "Reconsidering Non-Disclosure Agreements," published by Business NH Magazine. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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