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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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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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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

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November 12, 2018

New York City Releases Guidance on Mandatory Sexual Harassment Training, Notice Requirements

November 12, 2018

The New York City Commission on Human Rights has released Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) as guidance on the “Stop Sexual Harassment in NYC Act.” New York City employers with at least 15 employees are required to conduct annual anti-sexual harassment training for all employees starting April 1, 2019. Posting and notice requirements... Read More

October 2, 2018

California Restricts Confidentiality Provisions Concerning Information Related to Sexual Harassment

October 2, 2018

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed three bills into law that restrict employers in the securement of non-disclosure, release, and non-disparagement agreements that attempt to limit parties in discussing sexual harassment-related factual information. Senate Bill 820 (SB 820) Settlement agreements that prevent an individual... Read More

October 2, 2018

New York State Issues Final Guidance Regarding Combating Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

October 2, 2018

The State of New York has issued final guidance on combating sexual harassment in the workplace. This includes updated guidance on the mandatory sexual harassment prevention policies and annual employee training applicable to employers in New York beginning October 9, 2018. The updated final guidance and other resources, including a... Read More

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November 2, 2018
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Jonathan Bing Comments on New York's New Sexual Harassment Laws

November 2, 2018

Jonathan Bing comments on new sexual harassment compliance mandates for New York and its impact on employers in "Employers in dark on complying with new harassment regulations," published by Crain's New York Business. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

October 15, 2018
The National Law Journal

Susan Groff Discusses Trends in Mandatory Sexual Harassment Training

October 15, 2018

Susan Groff discusses trends in mandatory sexual harassment training after the #MeToo movement inspires progressive legislatures to revisit workplace training programs in "Watching the 'Bandwagon Effect' for Mandatory Sexual Harassment Training," published by The National Law Journal. Read More

October 5, 2018
Law 360

Michelle Phillips Discusses How #MeToo Has Changed Allegations of Sexual Misconduct in the Workplace

October 5, 2018

Michelle Phillips discusses the one-year anniversary of the #MeToo movement and how it has changed the conversation surrounding sexual misconduct in the workplace in "#MeToo Changed Workplaces, But That's Just A Start," published by Law360. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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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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