A former female employee of Ford Motor Co. sued the company for allegedly retaliating against her after she submitted a sexual harassment complaint. The woman, who made numerous complaints to human resources about excessive catcalling, inappropriate staring, and comments on her uniform, was ultimately fired from Ford Motor Co.
Articles Discussing Sexual Harassment Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Risky Business: Addressing the Legal Risks of Workplace Romance
Valentine’s Day is an appropriate time to think about how to deal effectively with workplace romance. In today’s legal environment, romantic relationships in the workplace are potentially problematic, not only for the parties involved in a relationship, but also for coworkers and the company at large.
Golf Club Manager Fired for Speaking Out Against Sexual Harassment, Discrimination in Hiring
A former manager of the Twin Mills Golf Club in North Carolina sued his employer for allegedly retaliating against him after he spoke out against pervasive sexual harassment at the country club. Kenneth Bauman filed a civil rights complaint and cited violations of the North Carolina Retaliatory Employment Discrimination
Dear Littler: How should employers revise their releases, separation agreements, and settlement agreements in light of the Speak Out Act?
Dear Littler: Considering the recent passage of the federal Speak Out Act limiting the use of pre-dispute nondisclosure and non-disparagement clauses involving sexual assault and sexual harassment claims, what impact will this have on our template releases, separation agreements, and litigation settlement agreements? How do you recommend we revise
Former White, Male Director Sues Google for Sexual Harassment and Job Bias in Federal Lawsuit
A former white, male director at Google sued the company for sexual harassment and job bias after he was fired for not being “inclusive” enough in his leadership position. Ryan Olohan, who worked as a director of food, beverage, and restaurants for Google LLC, claimed that he experienced retaliation
Biden Signs Speak Out Act, Barring Predispute NDAs, Nondisparagement Clauses for Sexual Assault, Harassment Claims
“I just signed the Speak Out Act, a bill that’ll enable survivors to speak out about workplace assault and harassment and increase access to justice,” President Joe Biden wrote on Twitter on December 7, 2022.
Congress Passes Bill Limiting the Use of Nondisclosure and Non-disparagement Clauses for Employees Alleging Sexual Assault or Harassment
Earlier this year, President Biden signed the “Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act” into law. The new law limits the enforcement of arbitration agreements with respect to sexual assault and sexual harassment cases if such agreements were entered into before the sexual assault/harassment dispute arose.
Nondisclosure and Nondisparagement Agreements in Sexual Harassment and Assault Cases: Speak Out Act Heads to President’s Desk
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
Recent Scandals Highlight Issues for Employers in Navigating Workplace Romances
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
Phoenix Suns Owner Suspended, Fined for Hostile Work Environment
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.
Female Skywest Airlines Employee Retaliated Against for Reporting Sexual Harassment
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
NY Attorney General Orders Bar Owner Pay $500,000 to Settle Sexual Harassment, Discrimination Claims
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
Upcoming Changes to NIH Harassment and Hostile Work Environment Reporting Requirements
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.
“The Wonder Years” Star Fred Savage Fired for Sexual Misconduct
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
#MeToo and the Workplace: Five Years and a Pandemic Later
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.