How to Handle the New Wave of Sexual Harassment Claims

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  • 90 minutes

Congress passed Title VII in 1964 prohibiting discrimination in the workplace due to race, color, gender, national origin, and religion. The addition of the word “gender,” or “sex,” was considered to be a joke and was thought to derail the controversial statute. With this said, Congress probably never envisioned that “sexual harassment” would be a source of contention in the courts. It took the Supreme Court until 1986 to confirm that sexual harassment was a form of discrimination on the basis of sex. More than 30 years since, we are seeing sexual harassment grabbing the headlines at an unprecedented rate. Sexual harassment claims are ending careers of many notable chief executive officers, entertainers, and journalists, such as Harvey Weinstein, Bill O’Reilly, Kevin Spacey, and Matt Lauer, just to name a few.

In this webinar Expert Susan Desmond will discuss about harassment policy and new theories of sex discrimination and help employer’s to avoid retaliation claims. We are learning that sexual harassment occurs at all levels in the workplace and that it is still a huge problem. Now is the time for all employers to reassess their policies and procedures so that they are vigilant about sexual harassment compliance and about protecting their employees.

Session Highlights:

  • Learning how harassment law has evolved since the passage of Title VII.

  • Analyzing Supreme Court decisions and how they have been construed to cover those that might not otherwise be covered under Title VII.

  • Analyzing lower court decisions of “who is the supervisor”?

  • Understanding what is a tangible employment action?

  • What should be in a harassment policy?

  • How to conduct a proper investigation and how to document the investigation.

  • Understanding how your company may be an employer even if you’re not signing the paycheck.

  • How to avoid retaliation claims.

  • Understanding the new theories of sex discrimination. 

Why Should Attend:

In a matter of days, men of stature and respect have found themselves in a tidal wave of sexual harassment and assault claims. Time Magazine calls the women coming forward as “The Silence Breakers.” The recent events show us that those who have remained silent for many years have courage to come forward than ever before. Do your policies withstand scrutiny? Are you prepared to handle the investigation? This webinar will give a refresher of harassment law and will walk you through a real time investigation of a claim – bet made against an entry level employee or against your Chief Executive Officer.

Who Should Attend:

  • Business owners

  • Risk managers

  • Executive Administrators

  • Operations Managers

  • Human Resource Managers

  • HR Coordinators, Directors and Generalists

Ask your question directly from our expert during the Q&A session following the live event.

Susan  Desmond

Susan Desmond

Susan Fahey Desmond is a principal with Jackson Lewis PC. She has been representing management in all areas of labor and employment law for over 30 years. A frequent author and speaker, Ms. Desmond is listed in Best Lawyers in America and has been named by Chambers USA as one of America’s leading business lawyers for labor and employment law. She is also listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers and Louisiana Super Lawyers.

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