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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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July 10, 2019

New Oregon Law Restricts Nondisclosure, Nondisparagement Provisions in Workplace Agreements

July 10, 2019

A new Oregon law limits employers’ use of nondisclosure or nondisparagement agreements with their employees with respect to employment discrimination or sexual assault. The Workplace Protection Act (WPA), signed by Governor Kate Brown, also requires employers to adopt written anti-discrimination policies regarding internal employment... Read More

June 28, 2019

Federal Arbitration Act Preempts New York’s Bar on Agreements to Arbitrate Sexual Harassment Claims, Court Rules

June 28, 2019

An agreement to arbitrate sexual harassment claims is enforceable pursuant to the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA), federal Judge Denise Cote has ruled, rejecting arguments that New York law voids such an agreement. Latif v. Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, et al., No. 1:18-cv-11528 (S.D.N.Y. June 26, 2019). While many thought that laws in... Read More

June 21, 2019

New York Expands Harassment Laws

June 21, 2019

Major changes to New York’s harassment laws were among the flurry of bills advanced and passed by the New York State Legislature in the final hours of its 2019 Legislative Session. Employers will face greater potential liability under bills passed on June 19 and 20 to lower the standard of review for sexual harassment cases (S.6577 [... Read More

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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

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

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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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