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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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Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: The Solutions

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

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October 7, 2019

Connecticut Releases Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Guidance

October 7, 2019

The Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) has released sexual harassment prevention training in accordance with the Time’s Up Act. The Act requires employers of all sizes to provide sexual harassment training to supervisors by October 1, 2020 (or within six months of hire, after that date). Employers with at... Read More

September 24, 2019

Get Ready for Maryland’s New Employment Laws Going into Effect October 1

September 24, 2019

New Maryland laws governing the workplace will take effect on October 1, 2019. These laws: Amend the state’s Fair Employment Practices Act (FEPA) with respect to harassment claims and with respect to the definition of “employee”; Require unpaid leave and provide additional protections for employees serving as organ or bone marrow... Read More

August 13, 2019

New York Expands Harassment Laws, Protections of Religious Attire, Clothing, or Facial Hair

August 13, 2019

New York state has enacted sweeping new workplace harassment protections for employees, including lowering the standard for when harassment is actionable. It also has adopted new law prohibiting employment discrimination based on religious attire, clothing, or facial hair. Workplace Sexual Harassment On August 12, 2019, Governor... Read More

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September 18, 2019
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Ana Shields Comments on Unique Factors Impacting CPA Firms During the #MeToo Movement

September 18, 2019

Ana Shields comments on the unique challenges CPA firms are facing in the #MeToo era in " CPA Firms and the #MeToo Era," published by the CPA Practice Advisor.  Subscription may be required to view article Read More

June 24, 2019
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Michelle Phillips Discusses New York's Expansion of Sexual Harassment Laws

June 24, 2019

Michelle Phillips discusses New York's recent legislation overhaul to combat sexual harassment in "5 Takeaways As NY Toughens Workplace Sex Harassment Law," published by Law360.  Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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

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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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