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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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January 7, 2019

2019: The Year Ahead for Employers

January 7, 2019

Over the past year, state and local governments responded in a variety of ways to national policy, and the midterm elections painted a picture of what’s in store for employers in 2019 and beyond. Jackson Lewis’ annual report outlines upcoming issues, trends, legislation and regulations employers need to be aware of in the coming year... Read More

November 17, 2018

Department of Education Unveils Proposed Title IX Regulations

November 17, 2018

The Department of Education (DOE) released proposed Title IX regulations dictating the process by which colleges and universities must handle allegations of sexual misconduct on November 16, 2018. Institutions of higher education have been in limbo since September 2017, when the DOE rescinded Obama-era guidance that called for hard-... Read More

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

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January 11, 2019
Indiana Lawyer

Susan Zoeller Comments on the Proposed Indiana House Rules to Govern Sexual Harassment by Lawmakers

January 11, 2019

Susan Zoeller comments on a proposed amendment to the Indiana House Code of Ethics prohibiting sexual harassment by lawmakers and sexual relationships between lawmakers and their interns in "House Ethics Committee hears sex harassment policy," published by the Indiana Lawyer.  Subscription may be required to view... Read More

January 7, 2019
Corporate Counsel

Susan Groff Discusses New California Laws Requiring Sexual Harassment Prevention Training

January 7, 2019

Susan Groff discusses California's newly implemented requirements to provide interactive sexual harassment training to all California-based workers in "Companies With California Employees Face New Harassment Training Requirements in 2019," published by Corporate Counsel.  Subscription may be required to view article Read More

November 11, 2018
Richmond Times-Dispatch

Crystal Tyler Authors "Preview of the Department of Education’s Draft Title IX Regulations"

November 11, 2018

Crystal Tyler authors "Preview of the Department of Education’s Draft Title IX Regulations," published by the Richmond Times-Dispatch.  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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