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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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Feb 22

Raleigh, NC
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7th Annual Raleigh Workplace Law Symposium

February 22, 2018 - 7:30 AM to 2:00 PM EST
9401 Glenwood Ave. - Raleigh, NC
Credits: CLE - Pending, HRCI - Pending, SHRM - Pending
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Hato Rey, PR
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SHRM Puerto Rico Seminar: The #MeToo Movement: Strategies to Prevent Harassment and Protect Your Organization

February 22, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Arterial Hostos #239 - Capital Ctr. Bldg. - Hato Rey, PR
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Sexual Harassment Roundtable: Practical Guidance for Employers

March 1, 2018 - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EST
Credits: CLE - 1.0
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Executive Series: Internal Investigations in the Weinstein and #MeToo Era

February 28, 2018 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST
Credits: CLE - Pending*, HRCI - 1.0, SHRM - 1.0
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The #MeToo Movement: Strategies to Prevent Harassment and Protect Your Non-profit Organization

February 14, 2018 - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EST

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Executive Series: Bolstering Your Preventive Practices to Meet the New Wave of Harassment Claims

December 14, 2017 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST

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February 12, 2018

New York Lawsuit Alleging Corporate Cover-Up at The Weinstein Company is a Lesson in What Not to Do

February 12, 2018

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has filed a civil rights lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein, his brother Robert Weinstein, and their company, The Weinstein Company (TWC). The lawsuit, which details allegations of harassment and intimidation of TWC employees by Harvey Weinstein, was filed on Sunday, February 11, 2018, because... Read More

January 29, 2018

Fitness Industry Workplace Law Update – Winter 2018

January 29, 2018

Welcome to our premiere issue! Our goal is to keep fitness industry clients and contacts informed about employment and labor law issues that may affect your organizations. We hope you find this newsletter valuable and invite you to share it with interested colleagues and contacts. In this issue, we provide a brief summary of hot... Read More

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2018: The Year Ahead for Employers

January 24, 2018

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February 12, 2018
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Michelle Phillips Comments on Alleged Corporate Cover-Up at The Weinstein Company

February 12, 2018

Michelle Phillips comments on New York Attorney General filing suit against Harvey Weinstein and the production company, detailing allegations of how management was complicit in "3 Takeaways From NY's Legal Broadside Against Weinstein," published by Law360. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

February 8, 2018
SHRM

Nadine Abrahams Discusses How Employers Can Establish a Culture Devoid of Harassment

February 8, 2018

 Nadine Abrahams discusses how employers can promptly establish a culture devoid of harassment starting with high-level managers — even before a possible situation arises in "4 Ways Companies Should React When GCs Behave Badly," published by Law360. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

February 6, 2018
The Wall Street Journal

Douglas Smith Comments on Employers Revising Office Dating Policies to Prevent Sexual Harassment

February 6, 2018

Douglas Smith comments on employers revising office dating policies as part of robust anti-harassment training programs in "Can You Still Date a Co-Worker? Well, It’s Complicated," published by The Wall Street Journal.   Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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