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Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Files Sexual Harassment Suits Across the US

This summer, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”), the federal watch dog for federal employment discrimination statutes, filed seven sexual harassment lawsuits against companies across the United States. Another likely response to the #MeToo movement. Despite the change in Administrations, the watch dog agencies are still at work!

#MeToo: Third Circuit Chisels Away At Employers’ Faragher-Ellerth Defense

With the rise of the #MeToo movement, employers everywhere are smartly taking the time to learn their duties and responsibilities when it comes to preventing sexual harassment. A valuable affirmative defense available to employers facing allegations of sexual harassment is the Faragher-Ellerth defense, named after Supreme Court cases Faragher v. Boca Raton, 524 U.S. 775 (1998), and Burlington Industries, Inc. v. Ellerth, 524 U.S. 742 (1998). While this defense can be helpful, its scope is being narrowed in the courts. This may be a sign of the times.

PODCAST: #MeToo One Year Later: An Update for Employers

Join Milwaukee attorneys Sarah Platt and Christine Bestor Townsend as they discuss how things have changed for employers in the era of #MeToo.

#MeToo: The Tweet Heard ’Round the World One Year Later

One year ago today, 10 days after the Harvey Weinstein story broke, Alyssa Milano tweeted: “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet.”

Workplace Sexual Harassment Prevention: One Year After #MeToo

The #MeToo movement has just celebrated its first anniversary after a year marked by a host of high-profile resignations and terminations across a number of industries.

EEOC Sees Sexual Harassment Statistics Explode In Past Year

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) just released its preliminary findings examining sexual harassment in the workplace over the past year, and, in wake of the #MeToo movement, no one should be surprised to see the figures rise dramatically. The numbers demonstrate that employers need to be more vigilant than ever when it comes to addressing issues of harassment and discrimination in the workplace.

EEOC FY2018 Filings Report Reflects #MeToo Impact

A review of FY2018 filings by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) showed a large jump in the number of lawsuits filed, especially for sexual harassment cases. The preliminary findings of Seyfarth Shaw's annual EEOC filing report indicate that the agency has increased its litigation efforts, despite being short two commissioners and with its General Counsel position still unfilled.

Is A Smartphone The Answer To Employers’ Sexual Harassment Reporting Problems?

As employers grapple with the #MeToo movement, they are looking for new ways to encourage employees to report harassment allegations. Although employees are feeling more emboldened than ever to speak out, we have learned from the #MeToo movement that many times employees still will not speak up for fear of discharge or retaliation by their employer or co-workers. In an effort to remedy this problem, several different groups have created applications for employees to anonymously report harassment claims.

#MeToo Claims Hit Foreign Sovereign Employers in the U.S.

Accusations of harassment against Harvey Weinstein, Charlie Rose, Matt Lauer, Bill Cosby and now even Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh, among many others, over the past year underscore one thing: No one, whether he or she is a prominent politician, corporate CEO, judge, famous entertainer, ambassador or consul general, is immune from the adverse publicity, if not liability, that follows once harassment claims are made.

Dallas Mavericks Investigation Report Recommends Women in Leadership and Anonymous Workplace Climate Surveys to Combat Sexual Harassment

Following a February 2018 Sports Illustrated article regarding alleged sexual harassment and misconduct within Dallas Basketball Limited, the Dallas Mavericks basketball organization (“Mavericks”), the Mavericks commissioned an independent investigation into the claims. The investigators, comprised of two outside law firms, interviewed 215 witnesses and analyzed 1.6 million documents. The investigation report was publicly released on September 19, 2018.