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
Articles Discussing Sexual Harassment Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
#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.
Activision Blizzard Settles EEOC Sexual Harassment Lawsuit for $18 Million
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
Predispute Employment Arbitration Agreements in Real Estate Industry After Enactment of New Limits
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.
President Biden Signs New Act Creating New Paths for Victims of Workplace Sexual Misconduct
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.
The Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment
Jury Trial Waivers May be an Option for Employers in the Wake of the Ending Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act
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.
Considerations for Employers when Addressing Workplace Relationships
Workplace romance is in the air this February. Employment attorney Bridget Blinn-Spears discusses best practices and considerations for employers when addressing workplace relationships.
Are You Ready if Cupid Strikes at Your Company?
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.
House Passes Bill Limiting Predispute Arbitration Agreements Covering Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment
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.
Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Filed Against Former New York Post Editor
Former New York Post high-level editor Michelle Gotthelf filed a lawsuit last week alleging sex-based discrimination and retaliation for reporting sexual harassment. Gotthelf began working for the Post as a reporter in 2000. She then served as the editor in chief for the publication’s website until she was dismissed
Impeachment: American Crime Story and Workplace Romance
“I did not have sexual relations with that woman.” “It depends on what the definition of ‘is’ is.” Ryan Murphy’s latest installment of the FX true-crime anthology television series Impeachment: American Crime Story (Impeachment) takes viewers back to the 90s to relive the events that led to the impeachment
$137 Million Verdict Illustrates Importance of Competent Anti-Harassment Policies
On October 4, 2021, a North California federal jury awarded a former Tesla subcontractor $137 million after finding that he had been subjected to a hostile work environment and that Tesla was responsible for the harm it caused.
New Sex Harassment Laws: Making for Strange Bedfellows in Construction Industry
In the construction industry, where multiple companies working closely together abound and where it is more difficult to monitor employee behavior because many employees are in the field, more incidents of inappropriate behavior occur.
The Aftermath of the Cuomo Investigation Report: Lessons for Employers
The New York attorney general’s August 3, 2021, report regarding the sexual harassment allegations brought against former New York governor Andrew Cuomo, “Report of Investigation Into Allegations of Sexual Harassment by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo,” contains extraordinary detail to support the conclusion that Cuomo “sexually harassed a number of current
More About the Cuomo Investigation
Many of you have commented about my post last week on the investigation into Governor Cuomo’s workplace conduct.