On November 16, 2022, the U.S. Congress passed a bill that would limit enforceability of nondisclosure and nondisparagement provisions in pre-dispute agreements with employees and independent contractors relating to sexual harassment and sexual assault allegations. The bill, S. 4524, or the “Speak Out Act,” passed the U.S. House of Representatives
Articles Discussing Sexual Harassment Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
A professional sports team head coach recently found himself in hot water over a romantic relationship with another employee of the franchise. The team’s management suspended him for an entire season for purported violations of workplace policies. What allegedly started as a consensual relationship escalated into the employee claiming that
Robert Sarver purchased the NBA Phoenix Suns team in 2004. Coming out of another unlucky season for the team, the real estate mogul was tasked with an important endeavor of signing a free agent capable of radically improving the team’s success streak. Sarver set his mind on Steve Nash.
In August 2022, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a lawsuit against Skywest Airlines for creating a hostile work environment for female employee, Sarah Budd. Budd experienced sexual harassment from multiple male colleagues. When she reported their behavior, the airlines purportedly retaliated against her. According to an EEOC press
New York Attorney General Letitia James ordered the owners of a decades-old bar in Nolita to pay $500,000 to a group of 16 current and former employees. The employees of Sweet & Vicious alleged rampant sexual harassment and racial discrimination at the establishment, which the New York Attorney General’s
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) requires recipient institutions—i.e., any entity receiving funding from the NIH—to have policies that foster a harassment-free environment.
Earlier this month, it was announced that “The Wonder Years” star Fred Savage has been fired from his position as executive producer and director of the recent “The Wonder Years” reboot following sexual misconduct accusations. The details regarding the nature of the allegations against Savage remain unclear. However, he
It feels like a lifetime has passed since the #MeToo movement gained significant traction in October 2017 and began reshaping the workplace. The movement helped sexual harassment victims speak out and be heard and resulted in a marked uptick in filed sexual harassment claims.
Earlier this year, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) sued Activision Blizzard for creating a “frat boy” culture of “constant sexual harassment.” Along with sexual harassment, the lawsuit accuses the video game giant of gender discrimination and pregnancy discrimination. The suit alleges that female employees were
The Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of 2021 will have far-reaching implications for real estate employers that, like in many other industries, have relied on mandatory predispute arbitration agreements to resolve sexual harassment claims brought by employees.
On March 3, 2022, President Joe Biden signed into law an act to permit victims of workplace sexual misconduct the right to seek justice in a court room. Traditionally, employers force employees to address any legal matters through arbitration.
On March 3, 2022, President Biden signed into law the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of 2021 (the “Act”), amending the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) to expressly prohibit mandatory pre-dispute arbitration agreements and pre-dispute joint-action waivers with regard to claims of sexual assault or sexual harassment. The Act applies to claims or disputes arising or accruing on or after March 3, 2022.
Workplace romance is in the air this February. Employment attorney Bridget Blinn-Spears discusses best practices and considerations for employers when addressing workplace relationships.
If romantic comedies have taught us anything, it’s that romance can blossom in the workplace, especially when colleagues spend a significant amount of time together. But the movies conspicuously omit the significant risks that office romances can cause to your company’s culture and potential legal liability.
Passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on February 7, 2022, the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of 2021 (H.R. 4445) would amend the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) to make predispute arbitration agreements covering claims of sexual assault or sexual harassment invalid and unenforceable.